The Stellar Streets Loop Phase I Project is an INDOT LPA Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Enhancement project. As an INDOT LPA project, it is managed under the direction of United and Mike Prather of INDOT. Biweekly coordination meetings between the general and subcontractors with participation from city officials have been on-going thorough-out the project. The City is committed to working with INDOT to add evening public update meetings to the calendar, in order to provide an opportunity to directly ask questions. This offer is in addition to the updates to Council, website updates, social media posts, monthly updates to the Downtown Business Group and the Depot District group.
The City of Richmond was designated a Stellar Community in 2013. This designation allowed the City the opportunity to seek grant funds to complete projects within the Stellar Boundaries. The City submitted a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in late September of 2017 for the Stellar Façade projects downtown. On October 17, 2017, the City of Richmond signed an agreement with the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) officially kicking off the Stellar Façade project. This grant, in the amount of $750,000, is funding 80% of the project. The remaining 20% is being funding by a grant from the Urban Enterprise Association (10%) and the property owners (10%) participating in the program. After bids were received in May 2018 and alternates selected by individual property owners, the project cost totaled $971, 007. This is under the CDBG grant application budget of $1,237,500. As with any historical rehabilitation project, unforeseen issues can arise when construction begins and this number is subject to change. A final project cost will not be available until all projects are completed later this year.
Future: Road closure on US 40 during panel installation.
The goal of the Blight Elimination Program is to stabilize residential property values and prevent foreclosures in Indiana neighborhoods and communities. Since 2015 the city has removed over 130 unsafe and blighted homes leaving safer and more attractive neighborhoods in it's wake. Target Area
The first internal coordination meeting is scheduled for May 2nd. This meeting will include project leads from Clark Dietz, City staff, and City Council Transportation Committee Members. Jim from Clark Dietz will be discussing the preliminary work that is taking place and the sequence of events that will occur leading to the letting. The first public engagement meeting date and scope will be discussed at this meeting.
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