The Greenwood Redevelopment Commission has approved several projects it says will move Mayor Mark Myers’ vision for the city forward. Among the approvals is a contract for design of a new road as part of the mayor’s Old City Park project.
The RDC has tapped Indianapolis-based Rundell Ernstberger Associates to design the road that will connect Surina Way to Market Plaza, which Myers says will set the stage for the redevelopment of the soon-to-be vacant Greenwood Middle School property. The commission also approved the creation of a master signage plan for the city.
"We have a new identity, several popular public assets and more planned for the future," said Myers. "To create an impactful sense of place, Greenwood’s signage must be consistent and represent the city’s authentic, unique look and feel."
The RDC has also approved the latest project as part of the G.R.O.W. Greenwood Initiative, which is designed to provide matching funds to businesses for exterior improvement projects. Locally-based Clown Pediatrics will receive $38,000 for its effort to upgrade the business’ exterior.
"Small businesses are the foundation for Greenwood’s economy, and the ‘G.R.O.W.’ program is a great mechanism to facilitate growth while providing other benefits to the community as a whole,” said RDC President Brent Tilson. "The interest we’ve received thus far has been much greater than anticipated, and we’re reviewing new project submissions regularly."
Finally, the commission is considering more than $300,000 in infrastructure improvements in support of a potential retail development on the city’s east side. The RDC says a decision is expected during its meeting next month.
"This is going to be a very busy year for our Commission," said Tilson. "The city’s strong balance sheet provides tremendous opportunity for impactful public investment. It’s time to capitalize on Greenwood’s potential."