Pictured left to right Cheryl Morphew, city’s economic consultant, Mayor Todd Barton, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Jodi Golden executive director of OCRA, Indiana State Senator Phil Boots
Pictured left to right Cheryl Morphew, city’s economic consultant, Mayor Todd Barton, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Jodi Golden executive director of OCRA, Indiana State Senator Phil Boots
Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch visited Crawfordsville on Wednesday to get an update and tour some of the city’s Stellar projects.
Her visit started off with a tour of the Fusion 54 building, she visited the Pike Place Pocket Park and even stopped at Backstep Brewery.
“I am just absolutely amazed at what is taking place here,” Crouch said. “I’m excited about what is happening here in Crawfordsville and the forward momentum that is having for our state.”
Crouch said she was excited at how the Fusion 54 building will bring the community together.
“Having all of that in Fusion 54 housed together where you have all the community partners in one space able to collaborate and work together to help move the community forward- outstanding,” she said.
The facility will home the Crawfordsville/Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Crawfordsville Main Street, Montgomery County Leadership Academy, Montgomery County Visitors & Convention Bureau and Wabash College’s entrepreneur program.
Crawfordsville is one of 14 communities in Indiana that is designated as a stellar community.
The Stellar Communities program is a partnership designed to recognize smaller communities and regions that identify comprehensive and collaborative plans for community and economic development.
Crawfordsville’s six Stellar projects are:
• Fusion 54
• Ben-Hur Building Adaptive Reuse
• Pike Place Pocket Park
• Big Four Trail
• Historic Whitlock Neighborhood Owner Occupied Rehabilitation
• Downtown Loop Trail
Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton said it’s huge to see years of work being completed.
“It’s a good process, but it’s just a process that takes a tremendous amount of time and work,” he said. “You continue learning in every step of the process.”
Barton said Fusion 54 will be done probably by the end of July and they will begin moving into the building in the middle of August.
He also said the Pike Place Park and Trailhead Park are supposed to be done in late September or early October.
At the end of her tour, Crouch said she was impressed by the city’s downtown.
“I visit very few communities that have almost 100 percent occupancy in their downtown,” she said. “That indicates to me that you have a vital downtown community to begin with.”
Barton said it was beneficial that Crouch could come out and see how Stellar works and can impact the community.
“It was just a great opportunity to showcase that, and she was not Lt. Gov. when we were awarded,” he said. “It was nice to catch her up on what are projects are and what they involve.”