An Indianapolis-based urban and public design firm has been selected to lead the creation of a business development plan in Evansville. w/purpose LLC has already begun work on the North Main Street plan, aimed at improving the city’s Jacobsville neighborhood.
The project comes from Jacobsville Join In, a community initiative launched by the ECHO Housing Corp. in Evansville. Development of the North Main Street Business Development Plan is expected to take six months.
"The NMBD is intended to serve as a model for area business and property owners, residents, developers, city staff, and others whose interest is advancing the vision of the Jacobsville community, its image and most importantly its quality of life," said Jennifer Mason Evans, community mobilizer for Jacobsville Join In. "Seven crime hot-spots border North Main Street and a plan that focuses on attracting new business, infrastructure, and people to North Main Street long-term will benefit the neighborhood by a reduction of hot-spot areas where crime currently exists."
w/purpose will work with the North Main business community to come up with ideas and perspectives on how to approach business development opportunities. Founder Wil Marquez says the project will create demand for residential commercial data and future development.
The project’s first public meeting is scheduled for February 24.