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 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, Greencastle has made several accomplishments in the implementation of its strategic community investment plan. For instance,
Photos of downtown facade improvements. Source: Sagamore Institute for Policy Research
Beyond these improvements, Greencastle also completed investments in its residential neighborhoods.
Streetscape and gateway improvements were completed.
Photos of streetscape and gateway improvements. Source: Sagamore Institute for Policy Research; City of Greencastle Mayor's Office.
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 two surface parking lots as opposed to building a parking garage. One at the intersection of Jackson, Walnut, and Indiana streets and the other bounded by Washington, Market and Franklin streets. This action plan assisted 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 would provide a vehicle for storm water retention distribution.
PSource: Sagamore Institute for Policy Research and the City of Greencastle Mayors Office.
Source: City of Greencastle Mayors Office.
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