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.
Crawfordsville's Planning & Implementation
After a community is awarded the Stellar designation, it enters into the next phase of the process. This phase consists of three stages from initial planning toward implementation in a three-year timeframe.
Crawfordsville is currently in Stage 1: Initial Planning. The planning stage involves acquiring properties, gaining approval from state agencies on contracts, and beginning project design. As of July 2016, Crawfordsville is ahead of schedule on many of its projects. The city has secured ownership on the Pike Street Pocket Park site and it is expected that the plans will come together quickly as this was a project funded without state or federal monies. The only hurdle the city is facing is the increasing costs on other projects due to the stronger national economy. The Pike Street Pocket Park is expected to break ground Spring 2017. Crawfordsville plans to promote the park's development with a "Your Mark, Our Park" video to name the new space.
The Fusion 54 is currently in the design process and is about 30% of the way complete. Applications and property acquistion haven't been submitted as of July 2016 but both have been drafted and the city expects to acquire the property by early 2017. As for the Historic Whitlock Neighborhood Rehabilitation, the Community Action Program of Western Indiana (CAPWI) has gotten ten applicants from the target area and is expected to provide $500,000 in grants.
Some changes occurred on the Big Four Trail project, including the city's decision to not use INDOT funds and instead only use private money and grants. Because the project lies on CSX rail lines, the city is in discussions with the company to change freight movement patterns. Finally, the Ben Hur Building is in the hands of a private developer and currently undergoing roof renovations.
Source: Crawfordsville, Indiana - Crawfordsville Stellar SCIP available online at http://www.crawfordsville.net/eGov/apps/document/center.egov?view=item;id=849 Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, 2016.
The research is following Crawfordsville's efforts as it shifts from planning toward implementation and construction in 2017. Research results are forthcoming.
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