The city of Muncie has received grant funding from the statewide Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative. The city says the funding, which comes from the East Central Indiana Regional Partnership’s $15 million allocation, will support neighborhood infrastructure improvements.
The grant will fund work in the McKinley-Whitely Live Learn Neighborhood and around Muncie Central High School. The city says when the project is complete, the school will have better connectivity to the Cardinal Greenway, and the neighborhood will see increased walkability and pedestrian safety.
A traffic study for the project has been ordered and the city adds sidewalk work has already begun in some areas.
The city says the READI grant will cover the first phase of redevelopment in the McKinley-Whitely Live Learn Neighborhood, with more projects on the horizon.
“These projects, that enhance safety and quality of life, are so important for our city,” Muncie Mayor Dan Ridenour said in written remarks. “It has been a long, collaborative process, and we are grateful to IEDC and ECIRP for their support.”
The ECIRP received its allocation of READI funding at the end of 2021. The partnership represents Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Grant, Jay, Henry, Randolph and Wayne counties.
The first projects are part of a series of initiatives outlined by the ECIRP last month.