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3/29/2017 4:44:00 AM
Public input sought on downtown plans
From Susan-Thayer Fye
Main Street of Hope executive director

Press release

Main Street of Hope is holding a public workshop on Thursday, March 30th at 6 p.m.in the Fellowship Hall at Hope Moravian Church, 202 Main St. People are invited to bring their ideas to help plan the future of the Hope Town Square.

The Town of Hope received a planning grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs for a Downtown Revitalization Plan. The plan will establish a roadmap to create a market-viable and sustainable downtown, as a unique destination within the tri-county region. The Town has actively embarked on recent initiatives, including a Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Changes and a Safe Routes to School Plan, among others.

Storrow Kinsella Associates in collaboration with Louis Joyner Architect, the Town's consultant team, has been working with the Main Street of Hope committee and multiple focus groups since early January to develop preliminary recommendations and strategies that are individual to the Hope community, its history and aspirations.

Activation ideas and concepts are grouped into three main categories of: building fabric and business vitality, Main Street as Hope's front door, and the Town Square as a focal point. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to review the strategies, provide comments and talk to Main Street board members and the consultant team.

A follow-up public meeting will be held on April 24 to review the draft Revitalization Plan prior to it being finalized. For more information contact Main Street of Hope Executive Director, Susan Thayer-Fye at 812-343-3798.

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