Greenwood mayor announces series of developments in downtown area

Posted at 2:54 PM, Feb 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-09 15:00:22-05

GREENWOOD, Ind. –  Major renovation and development is on its way to Greenwood as the city’s mayor announced plans to transform its downtown area.

Mayor Mark Myers gave more than 300 business leaders a first look at renovation plans for Old City Park.

Part of those plans include replacing a current park road with a promenade for pedestrians and bicyclists. The pathway will connect local businesses and public spaces like Mrs. Curls, Greenwood’s famous ice cream shop, Pleasant Creek Trail (once expansion is completed) and the Greenwood Amphitheater – creating a more walkable environment.

“A high quality of life leads to community success and growth, attracting an educated workforce and the companies seeking to locate amongst such talent,” said Myers. “This will be a dynamic public space, providing walkability and connectivity within Greenwood’s core.”

A new tree-lined road and the replacement of a century-old sewer are also part of the development plans.

Greenwood recently purchased the 19-acre Greenwood Middle School property, which Meyers said the city plans to “tap into every last bit.”

The city stands on a strong financial budget, with a general fund and rainy day fund nearly doubling since Meyers took office in 2011.

“As major cities like Indianapolis continue to drive population growth and economic development, Greenwood must compete with other communities surrounding Indy to ensure both viability and sustainability,” said Myers. “Central Indiana is evolving, and all of the pieces are in place for a south side resurgence.”