Indiana’s fastest growing city is showing no signs of slowing down. Mayor Andy Cook says now that Westfield has established itself as a destination for family sports with the Grand Park Sports Campus, the $35 million Grand Junction Plaza will transform the city’s downtown into a destination, a place “where people want to be.” Cook says the project, more than a decade in the making, is an example of a place making strategy necessary for Midwest cities to attract investment and talent. “It’s very difficult in this flat topography and lack of natural resources, so we have to be very creative,” said Cook, who believes “the time is right” for Westfield to create a signature space.
Cook talked about the city’s growth and an upcoming trade trip to Japan on this weekend’s edition of Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.
In March, the Westfield City Council approved a funding plan for the Grand Junction Plaza redevelopment project, which will include three pavilions, an outdoor performance venue, restaurants and cafes and serve as a gathering place for festivals, markets and other events throughout the year.
The project was designed by Philadelphia-based DAVID RUBIN Land Collective, which has an office in Indianapolis and is also responsible for the design of the ongoing Fort Wayne Riverfront project.
Cook says the project has already shown its value, even before construction begins. He says a number of restaurants and businesses have already located and invested in downtown.