Vision for the Future
Though we’re in good shape for sustainable growth and expansion throughout the 180 Alliance region, we know there is more work to be done to balance the progress across the region and protect the quality of life assets that make development possible.
Here’s an overview of the proposed projects across each of the six strategies in each county.
We know that much more work is needed, not only to make this positive growth sustainable, but also to balance this progress across our region while protecting the very quality of life assets that made the development possible.
READI will provide us an opportunity to diversify and grow the type of talent we have here through downtown revitalizations, workforce programs, natural resource enhancement, and other programs. But we need to get these projects in place now, while our growth is easier to manage.
Downtown Quality of Life
WHITESTOWN LEGACY CORE REVITALIZATION
This plan envisions the downtown area as a mixed use destination district with development fronting Main Street, Pierce Street, and the Big 4 Trail corridor. When complete, this will serve as the backbone of the Legacy Core district and will implement a significant portion of the original plan. Improvements will cover 22 acres and consist mostly of infill and development. The district will include about 80,000 square-feet of restaurant, retail, and office space with 350 apartment and townhome units with a total value of $40 to $50 million.
MARTINSVILLE DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION PHASES 3 AND 4
In 2020, Martinsville established its Downtown Action Plan to implement a new vision for this historic city. Construction began in 2021 with a Phase 1 nad 2 parking and pedestrian alley project, and will continue in Phases 3 and 4 with the creation of enhanced public spaces and improved streetscapes on the east and south sides of the downtown square. This work will also include an events lawn, gathering area, street trees, memorial enhancements, urban trail, sidewalks, and more.
GREENCASTLE DOWNTOWN PARKING STRUCTURE
A new 150-vehicle parking structure will be developed in downtown Greencastle to support multiple projects. The new Stevenson Apartments will make use of 50-60 spaces, the Inn at DePauw will use 30-50 spaces, and the cinema will use the parking for events. Spaces would also be available for downtown visitors. The two-level structure will replace surface parking, and have street level access to improve density of downtown activities and properties. The city will own and manage the structure, while the site is owned by DePauw.
BOONE COUNTY DOWNTOWN MAKEOVER
With this program, Boone County will make a major impact in each downtown across the county by addressing blighted conditions and converting them into community assets. Projects will be targeted at the areas with the most significant need for improvements. The first priority is to acquire and then renovate, repair, or demolish problem structures, with an emphasis on protecting historical structures.
This program encompasses a regional effort to repair, restore, and reactivate existing spaces, with an emphasis on smaller communities where the need is greatest. This effort will require a true public-private partnership, and a dollar-for-dollar match will be required for each project. More importantly, we’ll require the local community to implement a private redevelopment strategy to activate the area addressed.
WHITE RIVER TRAIL CONNECTOR
As part of its outdoor recreation initiative, the vision for the region is to have a continuous trail along the White River throughout Johnson and Morgan counties. It will connect trails within and beyond our region. This project will be a critical connection between the White River Trail and Bargersville/Johnson County. This trail system will make the region more attractive to residents, businesses, and homebuyers.
FRANKLIN SPORTS PARK
The city of Franklin and Franklin College will collaborate to expand community and campus athletics facilities, creating the foundation of a regional sports destination amenity. First, the City of Franklin will replace existing youth sports fields with a new regional youth sports complex, with the park built on land currently owned by Franklin College. The renovation of this facility is critical to supporting events and attracting student-athletes to the college.
CRAWFORDSVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS INITIATIVE PHASE TWO
The City of Crawfordsville recently partnered with the Montgomery County Community Foundation and a private, anonymous donor to renovate an existing neighborhood park. The private donor was so pleased, they are ready to team up again to work on two more park renovation projects in Crawfordsville – Lincoln Park and Northside Park. Work at the new parks will include sidewalks, playground equipment, decorative fencing, turf play mounds, sports courts, and landscaping.
BRICKYARD NATURE PARK
The City of Crawfordsville owns 104 acres on the south edge of Crawfordsville Commerce Park. The site was home to a brick manufacturer more than 100 years ago, and is still referred to as the “Old Brickyard.” Approximately 70 acres of the park will be dedicated to the new Brickyard Nature Park, which will provide a trailhead entrance and improved amenities for hiking, mountain biking, walking, birdwatching, and picknicking.
SUGAR CREEK WATER TRAIL
Known for its clear waters, Sugar Creek is highly rated for caneoing and kayaking. This project proposed upgrades to three public sites across the 30+ miles of water stretching from Darlington through Crawfordsville to Shades State Park in Montgomery County. This project will include needed improvements to public access sites, including parking, ramp replacement and connecting pathways.
WHITE RIVER TRAIL + BRIDGE
The vision for the White River Trail was first launched as a dedicated chapter within the 2019 Morgan County Comprehensive Plan. This project will be the second phase of the trail, beginning at the current northern terminus of the trail in Waverly and extending north to S.R. 144. The centerpiece of this trail segment is the new pedestrian covered bridge in Waverly, which will be modeled after the historic bridge that once stood at this location.
REGIONAL MARKETING INITIATIVE
Although the 180 Alliance region is one of the fastest growing in the state, it’s not well-known. With this program, we will launch a regional marketing initiative aimed at talent retention and attraction. We’ll use a story-first approach to demonstrate the possibilities and opportunities across the region, targeting both in-state and out-of-state markets.
Arts & Culture
PLAINFIELD PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
The centerpiece of Plainfield’s ambitious redevelopment plan is the new Performing and Fine Arts Center. It’s envisioned as a facility that can accommodate a wide range of performances, exhibitions, and community events. Activity at the center is intended to draw residents and visitors to the area, supporting a range of new restaurant, retail, housing, and business investment.
GREENCASTLE ASHLEY SQUARE CINEMA
The existing Ashley Square Cinema structure was built in the mid-1980s, and while it’s run well, it doesn’t meet today’s standards of contemporary cinema experience. The site of the existing cinema is targeted for redevelopment to include a 53-unit apartment building and a parking structure, with the cinema moving one block east and set to include two or three auditoriums for films, lectures, and more.
180 IN COLOR
In order to infuse more character to the region, the 180 Alliance envisions launching an ambitious public arts initiative. The program will establish a regional Public Arts Commission, lead recurring and special event art installations, and foster collaboration on arts-related activities. Funding will also be used to leverage other grants, extending the reach of the program.
Housing for Talent Attraction
I-65/SR-39 MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT
This 100-acre development aims to provide a community for both living and recreation. Anchored by a 270,000 square foot sports facility, the area will also include restaurants, hotels, entertainment venues, and medical facilities. The development will also include 240 apartments, 250 assisted living units, 64 condos, and 72 townhomes.
MIXED-USE HOUSING + ENTERTAINMENT DEVELOPMENT
This proposed mixed-use district will provide an attractive combination of employment, shopping, entertainment, and housing. The development will prioritize cyclists and pedestrians, while also accommodating automobiles for residents, employees, and customers. It’s also meant to attract uses that complement trail activities, such as restaurants, coffee shops, fitness and studios and outdoor seating areas.
Easton Grey is a planned $475 million mixed-use community on nearly 500 acres along White Lick Creek in Avon, Indiana. A 70-acre Riverwalk District with planned civic, office, retail, entertainment, and residential uses will serve as the heart of the community. Five distinct residential neighborhoods will complement and support Riverwalk District activities.
STAREK HOUSING DEVELOPMENT + HURRICANE ROAD IMPROVEMENTS
In order to provide much-needed housing inventory in the city of Franklin, the city is partnering with a developer to support the Starek Housing Development and Hurricane Road Improvements. The project is a single-family housing development, just north of the Heritage Subdivision. It would include 354 lots.
HERITAGE LAKE WASTE WATER IMPROVEMENTS
This project involves expansion of the Clear Creek Conservancy District Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to allow for single family home construction on developed platted lots located at the Heritage Lake development in Eastern Putnam County. Expansion of the WWTP will allow for additional single family home construction on the remaining 1,371 available lots.
ASPIRE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
Aspire Building Group has acquired a 21-acre infill site in Greencastle. The development will provide 51 condo units and 16 single family homes. The developer will provide most of the infrastructure, including streets, water lines, sanitary sewer systems, storm water, curbs, gutters, and sidewalks. To support this development, Greencastle will build a sanitary sewer line and lift station.
The lack of housing options in Crawfordsville and Montgomery County remains a large barrier to improving quality of life in the community. To address the ongoing housing shortage, the City of Crawfordsville is in the process of forming a Community Development Corporation. As the first project of this initiative, the city has been working closely with a residential developer on a 200-home subdivision called Western Estates, which will include a new road connecting two bordering east-west road corridors.
WHITE RIVER CROSSING
Grove Development has committed to constructing a $123 million mixed-use development at the interchange of I-69 and S.R. 144. Developed in four phases, this area would include medical, hotel, retail, theater, and office spaces, along with a 300-unit multi-family housing development. The project would cover 127 acres and generate more than $2.5 million each year in tax revenue.
THE STEVENSON BUILDING
Aimed at attracting more top-quality professors for DePauw University, REBAR Development proposes construction of a 53-unit apartment building located between the DePauw campus and downtown Greencastle. The four-story building would also include a fitness center, bike storage, conference room, and rooftop terrace.
MARTINSVILLE DRAINAGE INFRASTRUCTURE
This project will implement capacity improvements for the Lewis Sator ditch and the Hilldale Cemetery ditch, both of which are at capacity. The completion of this project will directly support new housing investment, allowing for the next phase of the Indian Creek Homes subdivision to proceed, which will support 145 additional homes on the 50-acre panel.
Service to this area will require installation of 7,400 feet of 12-inch diameter gravity sanitary sewers, a new lift station, and 3,700 feet of 4-inch diameter force main. This would allow for improved commercial and institutional use close to the interchange, with visions for future residential development as well.
SANITARY SEWER EXTENSION TO I-69/SR 144 INTERCHANGE
This treatment facility would be expanded to a capacity of 360,000 gallons per day, which would allow the Grove Development to construct a $123 million mixed-use development at the interchange in Johnson County.
BEAGLE CLUB ROAD
The Town of Cloverdale has two development opportunities in the southeast quadrant of the I-70 and U.S. 231 interchange, but access to these parcels of land is a private road built more than 40 years ago. This 470-foot project would include storm drainage, curbs, gutters, and sidewalks for commercial and pedestrian use.
FRANKLIN IVY TECH FLEX LAB
The proposed Flex Lab at the Franklin Ivy Tech campus is a critical project that will adapt current training programs to better meet the needs of employers in Johnson County. Work will include a renovation of the existing Franklin Ivy Tech campus, with a lab that’s been designed to offer training to local manufacturers and those seeking a career in advanced life science and technology fields.
EMPLOYER RESOURCE NETWORK (ERN)
The Employer Resource Network is an innovative, nationally tested program for workforce development in support of talent retention. There are 26 area networks in 11 states serving over 200 employers. in Indiana, Johnson County recently launched its own ERN. With this project the 180 Alliance will build upon the Johnson County program and turn it into a regional program serving all six counties.