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Daleville brings new plan for 2015 and beyond following busy year

Daleville saw a large investment on behalf of the town to bring Daleville into the future and place it as one of the upcoming towns in Indiana. In 2014 the town passed the downtown revitalization plan, which will guide new development.

In the executive summary provided by Rundell Ernstberger Associates, the plan for Daleville was put into motion, a difference from past efforts.

“The direction recent building patterns have taken, however, do not contribute to a cohesive urban community, but rather, continue one of disconnectedness with disjointed character leaving Daleville without a readily recognizable and clear identity,” the master plan says.

Revealed to the public in late August, the redevelopment plan’s vision could leave Daleville with a bustling downtown offering retailers, apartments, a terraced park, walking trails and even a marina.

Over the next few years, the town will be fighting what it refers to as the chicken and the egg dilemma. Without the homes and amenities, people won’t move to Daleville, but amenities won’t appear until they are convinced of the growth.

The town’s actions over the next year are aimed to spur that growth.

Leading the charge with the business park along Interstate 69, Daleville is not only looking to continue an expansion of growth there with the Heartland Business Center and IBM, but to bring some new small businesses to the downtown. Growth in that area fuels the TIF that then spurs further development.

The former Overland Tours building, another one-story commercial building, a house and several vacant lots at the corner of Walnut and Main streets where Ind. 32 crosses through downtown were among those to be purchased by the Delaware County Redevelopment Commission in December.

The properties purchased will be razed for development that could include one or more buildings with several commercial storefronts on the first floor and dozens of apartments on upper floors.

Over the next year, the town will keep an eye on a multi-story former furniture store at the same corner. That building, which officials indicated is so badly damaged that it isn’t salvageable, could be addressed in the near future.

The town also gained blight funds to remove two homes that have been abandoned.

Delaware County Commissioner James King, a DCRC member and Daleville police chief, and Daleville Town Council member Bill Walters said the properties would be used in accordance with a town master plan

More investment by the Redevelopment Commision will be seen in 2015 to help spur growth potential.

The town will continue work to beautify downtown with more sidewalks, lighting and more so “potential investors can see the town’s potential. Almost anything, from banners to flower beds to the clean-up of empty lots would be a great,” said the action plan.

Shellabarger Park and the Town Hall Park saw large investments in 2014 that will come to fruition in 2015.

“We need to invest in the town first, so people will actually look at the town as a place to come and live,” Town Council President Tom Roberts said.

The town will be looking toward major changes at Town Hall Park. Plans for piping and infill to the large western ditch would allow for more expansion. Expanding the park to include structures for a farmers market is a priority.

Other additions to the proposed two-level park would be a performance pavilion and a splash pad.

Shellabarger Park will also see expansion with the trails networks and new exercise equipment.

The biggest asset to Daleville’s park system will be the amount of grant money that will become available to the town.

The creation of a park board this year brought on Bryce Conyers for a one-year term, Sean Stewart for a two-year term, Joan Shellabarger for a four-year term and Amy Roberts for a three-year term.

Julian Ravenscroft was appointed to the parks board as well.

The board will meet for the first time in January 2015 for the first time and plans to hit the ground running, bringing both direction and potential funding the parks.

Both changes to the buildings downtown and a groundbreaking on the expansion for the Town Hall Park are things Roberts is hopeful for in the early part of 2015.

“It’s been a positive direction change,” Roberts said.

The town is taking the first steps in its investments, all the while encouraging others behind the scenes to see that Daleville is worth investing in.

“My hopes are the council can stay together and keep pushing for the same goal,” he added.

Town efforts are critical for the desperately needed population growth of the town by attracting people from Indianapolis with a “high quality of life.”

The town is striving to make a more centric community building for the people of Daleville.

Part of the master plan addressed the need for a community building in the town. This was one reason why the town acquired the former Daleville Lions Club building at the end of the year following the club’s closing.

The building however may be considered for a police station over a community building as it isn’t centric enough to Daleville’s downtown, according to Town Council President Tom Roberts.

The plan for the building and the community center itself is still a large source of debate during council meetings.

“It is important to realize that town leaders have very little say in what happens to a building unless they have direct control over it. For this reason, many local economic development organizations are buying downtown buildings to spur growth,” the towns guiding plan reads.

Mounds Lake will affect the entire face of East Central Indiana if and when it is completed. For now, the project is still in the engineering and planning phase but has been on the lips of town councils across the area.

Should the project happen, the master plan included several recommendations for the town to capitalize on the reservoir and potential economic expansion.

Source: The Star Press

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