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March Stellar Advisory Committee Update



March 19, 2018

On March 19, members of the Mayor’s Stellar Advisory Committee met for its monthly meeting. This month’s meeting took place at the Montgomery County Community Foundation. Mayor Barton noted that the committee would continue to schedule meetings at 10 a.m. on the third Monday of each month. Next month’s meeting is scheduled for Monday April 16 at the Montgomery County Community Foundation.




The bids were sent to OCRA and approved for funds to be released. Construction is expected to begin as early as April. An April 5 ground-breaking ceremony has been planned for 4 p.m.

The current design has restroom facilities located near the area where the temporary gazebo currently is found. It will consist of two unisex/family restrooms with the outside resembling a train depot style format similar to the structure behind the Public Library. The restrooms are located on the ends of the structure with a small storage and utility area in between them. 

The majority of the grounds will be green space, while a permanent stage will go along the north edge of the property. This stage are will be covered and will be able to be used as a place to gather and eat or just sit while no events are going on at the site.

The eastern side of the property (closest to South Washington Street) will have some trees to try to block out some of the noise from the street. Park Designer Catherine Puckett did say that has been a problem point, as they do not want to completely shut off the view of the park from the street area so some street noise will be heard.

Posts will be placed along the south side (near Pike Street) which will double as electrical outlets for the Farmers’ Market. The design also calls for swinging gates at both ends of Pike St, which will be used to close off the area when events are scheduled. The overall design was created so that the area can be used for as many different types and sizes of events as possible.

Dale Petrie, Director of Operations, announced this project is on schedule.

Originally, the plans called for the building to be done floor-by-floor, but now it has been decided that similar kind of work will be on each floor at the same time. Painting on all the floors should be done next week.

There has been a meeting with the interior design last week to work through some questions. It was decided at that meeting that the ceiling on the second floor would left without a new ceiling. The exposed ceiling would be painted black.

In addition, there have been some changes with the heating and cooling unit. On the roof. The roof was to have been coated this week. This was needed to stop a current leak which has not allowed for the fourth floor to be dry walled. The actual new roof is expected to be completed in about four weeks. The new heating and cooling unit will be delivered after the new roof has been put on.

Work is being coordinated with PNC as they are in the process of tunneling under the parking lot as they are eliminating their outdoor staff at the drive-through.

The Visitors Bureau will occupy the set of offices on the first floor, while the second floor will be the space set aside for the co-working space. Wabash’s CIBE, WDPD, and Collaborative Performance Theater will occupy the third floor.  The Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development, Main Street, and Leadership Academy will all be on the fourth floor along with meeting, training, and display space.


Like Pike Place the work at the Trailhead Park is expected to begin in April. The ground-breaking ceremony for this has been scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on April 5.

It was also announced that the new park will carry Phil Michael’s name in some fashion. The exact name has not been worked out but the family will be at the ground-breaking and then when it is completed an official dedication in the former’s mayor’s name will take place.

The bids were sent to OCRA for their approval and they were approved and the funds have been released for this project.

The front part of the property (which is currently a parking lot) will continue to be a parking space for approximately 45 cars. The initial plan is for the property to either be milled and then resurfaced.

The back half of the property will be turned into a green space. A shelter type building will be placed in the middle of the property separating the parking lot and the green space.

Several meetings have taken place with INDOT regarding the Downtown Trail and those discussions have gone well. This will likely be the last project completed because of its complexity and scope.

The project is ready to proceed and the City has asked for funding to be moved up to 2018 by INDOT. That request was denied so the project is scheduled to begin in the summer 2019.

The Downtown Trail has been separated into in two phases. Phase I will be beginning at the railroad tracks on South Grant and head north to Wabash, then east to Walnut Street then north to Main Street

The Phase I part of the project is moving forward and the designs are complete. The Mayor also said that they have met with all the property owners along the way and they all seem to be on board.

The trail will be 10 feet wide and will be on the east side of Grant and Walnut streets and will end at Main Street for this phase. This project is actually running a little ahead of schedule as INDOT funding will not be available until July of 2019.

This project is being developed carefully as it is critical to the health and future of downtown commerce.  If done correctly, this will further enhance the Wabash and downtown Crawfordsville connection. The goal is to allow for recreation while having a positive impact on the businesses in the area..



Mayor Barton said nothing had really changed on this front in the past month.

Mayor Barton said an off-load site for LSC Communications has been found. Should this site be accepted by all the parties involved, action could be moved forward.

A local firm, B & L Engineering has been brought in to help with this project. Once this plans are agreed upon CSX appears to be ready to eliminate the line as soon as possible.

The shift to try to fund this trail using private funding sources is still on-going. Mayor Barton said a couple of potential donors have been found and talk with them are on-going. A non-profit group will be created to help with funding this project as well as several other Park and Recreation related projects such as a possible Dog Park. They would be used to help secure grants for the Big 4 Trail and other park/recreational projects in the future. The objective of this project is to tie the existing Sugar Creek Trail and Downtown trails to the site of the Fusion 54 building and to Crawfordsville Middle School. 


Mayor Barton said the timeline has passed with the previous developers and they had agreed to voluntarily donate the property back to the county. This was needed to be done so the county can now deed the property to a new developer (which has already been put in place). They will be given the same guidelines asa the previous developer and will have to meet set deadlines to keep the project moving forward or it will revert back to the county.

It is hoped that the new developer will be announced at next month’s meeting



This project hit a bit of a snag as the person in charge of doing the lead inspection had let their license expire. That meant the houses had to be re-inspected. The re-inspections have taken place and things are now back on schedule.

A total of 15 houses have been inspected and those have been submitted to the state for approval. The contracts have been signed and work is expected to begin as early as next month. The contractors will have 12 months to complete the work on the houses. Each house can have up to $20,000 in repairs and upgrades at no cost to the homeowner.

The project is also looking to secure three to five more homes to move into the inspection phase of the process.

The Concord Road construction project should begin in either April or May according to Scott Hesler. In addition, the Sugar Creek Trail project construction should take place this summer.


The Mayor announced that everyone can keep up-to-date on the Stellar projects in a couple of ways.

The first is on the City’s website ( where a button has been placed on the left side of the home page. It has the overall Stellar proposal and will be where residents can go for updated information as the City moves though the Stellar process. Recently added is a quarterly report that the City does when it meets with all the state agencies involved. This includes a timetable and some updated plans on some of the projects.

In addition, there will be an update in the local newspapers every quarter. The Mayor said he would be supplying an update to the local media soon as he feels it is important to keep the public up-to-date. He said the response to his newspaper columns has been very positive.

Also, the city has begun producing a series of videos update everyone on the different projects.  The first video featured the Mayor explaining the purpose and design of Fusion 54.  That video is now available on the city’s web page and on social media.  A second video covering the downtown parks is being edited and should be released very soon.

The next meeting of the Stellar Advisory Committee will take place at 10 a.m. April 16, 2018 at the Montgomery County Community Foundation.