Stage 1. Initial Planning.
The first year of the program consists of project planning, property acquisition, procurement, grant and contract approvals by all three state agencies, as well as starting project design.
Stage 2. Transitional: Planning to Implementation.
The second year of ISCP entails executing design and environmental assessments. This involves communities shifting from planning into implementation of projects in the target areas.
Stage 3. Implementation and Continuum of Support.
The third year and final stage of the program consists of full implementation and construction of improvement projects in target areas.
Greencastle's Planning & Implementation
Upon being designated as a community partner participant, the city enters into the next phase of the process. This phase consists of three stages from initial planning toward implementation in a three-year timeframe. Greencastle finished both Stage 1. Initial Planning and Stage 2. Transitional Stage. Greencastle at present is in the third year and final stage, Stage 3. Implementation and Continuum of Support. This final stage of the program consists of full implementation and construction of improvement projects in target areas.
As of December 2013, Greencastle has made several accomplishments in the implementation of its strategic community investment plan. For instance, the city implemented community economic development improvements in its target areas. For instance, Phase 1 of the Greencastle downtown facades improvements are complete and Phase 2 is underway. The Depauw University Entrance and Anderson Street streetscapes were finished in November 2012. Additionally, economic development investments with the new campus bookstore (Eli’s Bookstore) and a new Starbucks franchise were completed in September 2012. Both of these commercial investments serve as economic anchors in the downtown. Greencastle has also implemented its WiFi Bubble program in July of 2012 to create public internet access throughout the downtown business district. According to the city, over the past two years, the WiFI Bubble has a growing number of internet connections via the bubble.
Photos of downtown facade improvements. Source: Sagamore Institute for Policy Research
Before and after photos of Eli’s Bookstore and Starbucks. Source: www.cityofgreencastle.com/stellarcommunities/news/
Beyond these improvements, Greencastle also completed investments in its residential neighborhoods. Phase 1 of its Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation program, which included a total of 12 homes in the South Court Neighborhood were completed in July 2013. The city also submitted a grant request to the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to begin Phase 2 of this program, of which an additional 11 homeowners expressed interest in participating. Currently, Greencastle was approved for $300,000 for Phase 2 and has 9 applicants.
Before and after photo of home on in the Greencastle Owner-Occupied Housing Program. Source: www.cityofgreencastle.com/stellarcommunities/news/
Photos of streetscape and gateway improvements. Source: Sagamore Institute for Policy Research.
Despite its advances in most of its projects, the city’s Stellar Executive Team ran into an unexpected hurdle in the implementation of downtown parking improvements. Significant changes were made to the city’s initial downtown parking plans, after bids for the proposed garage were submitted vastly over budget. In December 2013, the city began working along with Ratio Architects on plans to construct a surface parking lot at the intersection of Jackson, Walnut, and Indiana streets as opposed to building a parking garage. This new action plan assists the city threefold: 1) The space would fill an existing vacant greenspace in the downtown 2) the parking lot would allow residents and visitors to park for free and 3) the new parking structure will provide a vehicle for storm water retention distribution.
Photos of new parking lot. Source: Sagamore Institute for Policy Research
Before photo of parking area and proposed rendering of new parking lot. Source: www.cityofgreencastle.com/stellarcommunities/news/