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August 9, 2017

Greenwood approves $3.8 million Emerson Ave. makeover
New design to include raised medians, decorative lighting and new trail

GREENWOOD, Ind. – The Greenwood Redevelopment Commission (RDC) yesterday gave initial approval to move forward with design for a revamped Emerson Avenue, stretching from Main Street to County Line Road. Plans for the 1.5-mile transformation include raised center medians, new traffic signals, decorative lighting and construction of a 10-foot multiuse trail.

City officials estimate a total project cost of $3.8 million, with construction beginning in 2018.

Greenwood Mayor Mark W. Myers says the improvements will provide both immediate and future benefits to the city.

“Emerson is an important thoroughfare for Greenwood,” said Myers. “Plans for the new design offer a more aesthetically pleasing experience while also adding to the city’s expanding trail system. Long-term, these improvements will act as a catalyst for additional private investment along Emerson.”

During a presentation to the RDC yesterday evening, city officials highlighted the large amount of land yet to be developed along Emerson. Several parcels, many with frontage on Emerson, would become much more desirable, with nearly 50 total acres available for commercial investment.

“Our role as a commission is to help guide strategic public investment and dedicate funds to projects with a high potential to spur investment from the private sector,” said RDC President Brent Tilson. “This project is a perfect example of that mission, and we anticipate a significant return for Greenwood.”