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Daleville project would have retail, apartments

plansDALEVILLE — Town officials unveiled a plan at Thursday night’s Daleville Town Board meeting that would target millennials and reshape the look of the downtown.

The proposal was for a mixed-use redevelopment project planned, and a large crowd attended. The $3.7-million project, named Old Town Junction, consists of retail and office space as well as loft apartments.

Envoy Inc., the project lead, presented the idea to the public.

“This is a milestone step for the town of Daleville,” Brad Bookout with Augusta Consulting said to the crowd gathered at town hall.

Shelby Bowen, with Envoy, said his company wants to be on the front lines of revitalizing a downtown. After working with the council, the Envoy representatives saw potential in the town.

“We hope to target millennials and retain them in the area. We should be able to attract 16 to 20 people to stay and live in the community,” said Scott Baldwin, another Envoy representative.

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The project will take place on the corner of Walnut Street and Ind. 32. Details of the project include a three-story, 22,000-square-foot building with architecture fitting the history and culture of downtown Daleville.

The project, as proposed, would be a public-private project, with Daleville, Delaware County and Envoy all contributing initial funds. Envoy would eventually buy out investments by the county and town.

“We think this is a 2017 project,” Baldwin said.

Bookout insisted to the crowd that the growth is needed for Daleville.

“The town board has done its due diligence to avoid raising taxes,” he said. “I think it’s been nearly 20 years since they have had to, but your property values are continuing to fall. If we don’t see growth and nothing happens, taxes will eventually be raised in the town.”

In addition, the Old Town Junction project will bring integration of trails, streetscapes and public art to enhance the quality of life in the area.

Not all residents at the meeting were in favor of the potential growth. Those against the project raised concerns about congestion, the potential failure of the project and other logistics including funding. Others saw the possible benefits.

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“When we have the concern that we are going to bring the riff-raff and stuff, why would we not want to build something upscale like this,” said Laura Beaty, a residential and commercial property manager in Daleville.

“When I try to turn a home we don’t buy them in Gaston and Muncie, we buy them here in Daleville and Yorktown,” Beaty said after the meeting when asked about the market desire in the area. Beaty had made a public comment that as a property manager she fills rentals around Daleville faster than she can show them.

Bill Walters, one of the council representatives, said that the project and the ideas for downtown came after years of visionary planning with town representatives, the public and other shareholders.

Town officials voted 3-1 to consider an economic development agreement, and organize meetings with Envoy, the county and the town.

Source: The Star Press

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