As the year progresses so does the Stellar Community projects at Huntingburg. Tuesday morning the City of Huntingburg held an informative session regarding the ongoing community projects. Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner explained how some projects are moving along from being conceptual ideas towards the next steps of implementing and engineering their development.
Vickie Lewis is a member of the Stellar Steering Committee, she says the projects are a great opportunity for Huntingburg and it’s community.
As Lewis expressed her enthusiasm she also emphasized the importance of the improvements and how they would benefit merchants on 4th street.
Among the projects, the closest towards the engineering development is the 4th Street Heritage Trail. This project has VS Engineering as the firm selected to proceed with the project. The firm was chosen as one of the top 2 firms from five proposals. On February 5th, they gave a presentation to a scoring committee for this specific project and were chosen.
According to an executive summary provided at the stellar quarterly session on Tuesday, INDOT has given the City of Huntingburg approval for funding the engineering phase of the project.
Committed for the Market Street Park, 4th Street Water Line, and the Waterforce Housing projects have been actively meeting with their partners.
As for the Market Street project, a public hearing will be held on March 8th at 7pm as part of a regular City Council meeting to encourage input from the community.
Other projects that have made head way so far in 2016 is the Senior Housing & Senior Center project where Miller Valentine Group and Tri-Cap have announced “The Lofts at St. Joseph” and are accepting application for those interested in residency.
While it’s anticipated these lofts will open this summer, property owners have yet to figure out the lofts final design. After this component of the senior housing has been decided upon, then the other project observed as the Senior Center can narrow down which site from within the former St. Joseph’s Hospital property can be utilized.
Projects that are still pending due to the re-application for grants for said projects depends on the completion of a different stellar project is the Maintenance & Emergency Shelter, Community Gateways, and 14th Street Reconstruction projects.
Mayor Spinner’s also says that one of the goals behind these projects is to make an investment in Huntingburg and the quality of life for it’s citizens.