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.
North Vernon'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. North Vernon finished both Stage 1. Initial Planning and Stage 2. Transitional Stage. North Vernon at present is in the fourth 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 2014, North Vernon completed approximately half of the projects identified in its community investment plan. A number of North Vernon’s projects are complete are currently underway. Completed projects include:
Photos of downtown facades, streetscapes, and Short Street Plaza. Source: Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, November 2014 and BizVoice Magazine/Indiana Chamber of Commerce, January/February 2015, Volume 18. No. 1.
Photos of downtown construction. Source: www.northvernonstellar.com/photos
Photos of Carnegie Library Renovation. Source: Sagamore Institute for Policy Research.
Photos of improvements in Irish Hill neighborhood. Source: www.northvernonstellar.com/photos.
Before and after photos Summit Street improvements in Irish Hill neighborhood. Source: www.northvernonstellar.com/photos
A few of North Vernon’s initial projects were omitted from the Stellar implementation phase. These projects include:
While both the city and the state teams deem these projects as important, they were not able to pair them with eligible federal and state funding programs and sources. The North Vernon Stellar Team is currently working towards other eligible funding sources to complete these projects.