PROJECTS

EAST ALLEN'S RURAL REVIVAL

GRABILL

PROJECTS
 

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HARLAN

PROJECTS

 

Park Master Plan

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The Harlan Community Park is in the heart of the Harlan community and is a place where residents and visitors gather for recreational activities and events such as the Harlan Days festival. A recent survey shows strong support for investment into the park, particularly for an enhanced playground, walking trails, and improvements to the baseball league experience. The proposed Harlan Park Improvement Project includes an accessible playground just north of the existing sport courts and existing playground, bleacher upgrade improvements throughout the baseball diamonds, and an asphalt road connecting the east and west drives which can also be used as a walking path. The park improvements would allow for more people to enjoy, as a community, the amenities that the Harlan Community Park has to offer. These improvements would not only enhance the Harlan Community Park but would allow the necessary maintenance and upkeep of a community asset.  

 

Impacts: 

  • Enhanced opportunities for park and recreation in East Allen County which is currently underserved

  • Improved accessibility and safety for pedestrians with the addition of the road connecting east and west drives, new bleachers, and an accessible playground.

  • Enhanced space for community events.

  • Increased opportunity for civic connection.  

 
Readiness:  

  • Red Flag Survey: No significant environmental issues.

  • Park is Owned by the Harlan Community Association (a 501c4) 

 

Budget:  ​$530,000 
 
Possible Funding Partners:  Allen County Commissioners AWS Foundation 
 
Downtown Planning and Streetscape Enhancement Local Match: The Harlan Area Revitalization Task Force (HART) is a group of community volunteers that have been meeting as a result of the development of the Harlan Strategic Investment Plan. They are in the process of obtaining non-profit status and are working toward the betterment of the community in a number of ways. One way is in regard to the enhancement of their downtown. As part of the​East Allen Rural Revival Regional Development Plan ​ , HART is interested in developing an Indiana Main Street organization, appealing to the State of Indiana to reduce traffic speeds through town, developing a  downtown streetscape plan and applying to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs for funding toward a streetscape enhancement project.  
 

HOAGLAND

PROJECTS

 

Hoagland Light and Park Master Plans

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Hoagland Community Park

The Hoagland Community Park is in the heart of the Hoagland community and is a place where residents and visitors gather for recreational activities and events such as the Hoagland Days festival. A recent survey shows strong support for investment into the park, particularly for an enhanced playground, walkability, and lighting improvements. The proposed Hoagland Park Improvement Project includes an accessible playground featured as you drive in to the park, sidewalk improvements and decorative lighting from the Hoagland Community Center entrance to the park pavilion. The purpose of these improvements is to improve the quality of life in the Hoagland Community Park by providing an inviting main entrance with decorative lighting, a well-lit sidewalk to the park pavilion and an improved playground for children. Additionally, the park improvements would increase the park accessibility, providing a safe and inviting entrance, which would allow the people of Hoagland to enjoy the facilities that the Hoagland Community Park has to offer.  These improvements would reinforce the amenities that the Hoagland Community Park has to offer by providing a more family and safe centered approach. The project scope includes approximately 850 lineal feet of a 5-foot wide sidewalk on the west side of the main entrance to the park pavilion, decorative lighting (approximately 8 total) on the east side of the main entrance that follows the drive to the park pavilion, and an owner-installed accessible playground that would be visible from both park entrances.  
 
Impacts:

  • Enhanced opportunities for park and recreation in East Allen County which is currently underserved.

  • Improved accessibility and safety for pedestrians with the addition of lighting, sidewalks, and an accessible playground.

  • Enhanced space for community events, family centered activities, and exercise opportunities.

  • Increased opportunity for civic connection.  

 
Readiness:

  • Red Flag Survey: No significant environmental issues.

  • This project will require county and DNR permits as most of the construction is in the floodway and flood plain.

  • No acquisition is needed.

  • Park is owned by the Hoagland Area Advancement Association (501c3) 

 

Budget:  ​$410,000 
 
Possible Funding Partners:  Allen County Commissioners AWS Foundation 
 

Community Streetlighting
Over the past few years, the Hoagland Chamber has actively fundraised and installed approximately 2.5 miles of sidewalks through the Hoagland community. It has been identified through the NewAllen Strategic Investment Planning process that streetlights are now a priority to ensure safety and accessibility of the walkways for area residents.  The Hoagland Streetlighting Project will focus on installing lighting along the main vehicular and pedestrian corridors (Minnich & Hoagland Road) to facilitate safety and more efficient usage of the public ways. Eleven sites have been identified on the Streetlighting Plan, some additional alternate locations may be added to make a more comprehensive improvement as long as the budget allows. 
 
Impacts:

  • Improved accessibility and safety for pedestrians.

  • Enhanced community aesthetics. 

 
Readiness:

  • Red Flag Survey: No significant environmental issues.

  • Acquisition of right-of-way needs to be determined.

  • Hoagland Area Advancement Association is willing to take on the operations and mainenance of the lights if the county is willing to provide funds for this purpose in addition to additional operations and maintenance support for the park.  

 Budget: ​$160,000 
 
Possible Funding Partners: Allen County Commissioners 

LEO-CEDARVILLE

PROJECTS

 

Streetscape Improvements

An Indiana Regional Stellar Communities Project

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The Leo-Cedarville Streetscape Enhancement project will provide a safer and more desirable experience for visitors and residents by eliminating blighted areas and reviving conditions in old downtown Leo. Streetscape improvements will include ADA compliant ramps and complete sidewalks, repaved streets with crosswalks and regulatory signage, new thematic lighting to improve visibility and warmth, planter boxes with greenery to offer beautification and uninterrupted sightlines, drainage upgrades to prevent flooding and erosion of streets and walkways, and a centrally located gathering area in the heart of the downtown. The overall focus will be to provide the community with a safe and pedestrian-friendly streetscape environment to increase public awareness, improve health and wellbeing and foster downtown business growth.

 

The project scope will include the elements:

 

  • Remove and replace existing sidewalks with new concrete curb-face walk of varying width (6-feet minimum). Running parallel with the curb will be a two-foot-wide band of brick pavers with new ADA ramps and raised concrete islands located at four corners of each intersection with connecting crosswalks. In addition, a centrally-located plaza will be constructed on the west side of Center Street to promote small group events and social gatherings;

  • Mill and resurface asphalt street areas with 12-foot travel lanes, and restripe streets and parking areas;

  • Install 20 thematic streetlights equipped with top-mounted energy efficient LED fixtures, electrical outlets and banner brackets for continuous pedestrian level illumination, along with 18 two-by-two-foot decorative masonry planter boxes with electrical supply for seasonal displays;

  • Install approx. 920 LF of 12-inch storm water main extended north along Center Street and located under the east parking lane. On Main Street, a 6-inch storm water main will be stubbed east and west from the 12-inch main on Center Street. The drainage system will include new 30” storm inlets and 48” access manholes.

 

Streetscape improvements will include both east and west sides of a two-block section along Center Street (SR 1/Leo Road) beginning at the corner of Walnut Street, including a segment of Main Street from approximately 120-ft. west of Center Street, and ending at the intersection at Hosler Road.

MONROEVILLE

PROJECTS

 

Monroeville Community Park

Conceptual Plan

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The Monroeville Community Park Project​will include a significant upgrade to the existing park.​Based on community feedback received through the 2016 NewAllen Strategic Community Investment Plan (SCIP), the Town began working with the Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council (NIRCC) in August, 2016 to begin the planning process and development of an IDNR approved 5-Year Master Park         Plan. The Plan was approved by the IDNR in May, 2017. The plan developed and prioritized the improvements necessary to bring the Park into the 21st Century and be competitive with parks located in larger communities to meet the needs of Park users. Upon completion of the Monroeville Master Park Plan, the Town’s Park Board submitted and Land and Water Conservation Fund grant application to the IDNR in June, 2017.  
 
In March 2018, the Town received a $200,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant from the IDNR to assist with the completion of $600,000 in improvements. The Town has committed $350,000 from their CEDIT funds as the local match for the LWCF grant and an application is pending with the AWS Foundation. The Town plans is near ready to bid for the minimum park improvements provided for         by existing grant funds. The entire proposed park master plan improvement budget, however, is $925,000. The extent to which these improvements can occur depends on the level of local funding that can be committed to the project. 
 
Below is a list of park improvements: 

  •  57 mile, 8’ wide asphalt bike-ped trail that will be located around the park as well as traverse through the park to offer a variety of trail distances to the trail user.

  • Four (4) resting nodes will be placed along the trail.

  • Six (6) total handicap accessible, hard surface parking spaces will be installed in the Park’s existing gravel parking lot near the arena and in the parking area in front of the pavilion.

  • ADA compliant playground at park pavilion accessible to children of all abilities.

  • 800 square foot splash pad/spray park. The splash pad will be constructed on an ADA compliant surface and will be designed to be utilized by individuals of all abilities. Installation will include appropriate drainage.

  • 540 square foot support facility for the splash pad and arena which will include ADA compliant restrooms that can be accessed from the arena and the splash pad, as well as the rest of the park; storage space/mechanical room; and an area to be utilized as a future concession area.

  • Permanent concrete Bean Bag Toss game that will be accessible at all times.

  • Vegetation Management Plan for native riparian vegetation plantings along the adjacent Creek and the park pond.

  • Native vegetation plantings with the goal of stabilizing stream and pond banks, limiting erosion, and providing a buffer to prevent non-point source pollution from entering surface water.  • 200 square foot ADA compliant fishing pier at the stocked pond to be used by anglers of all abilities. The pier will also be used as a nature viewing area. 

 
Additional Improvements Funded with $350,000 Additional Local Funds: 

  •  Additional .23 mile, 8’ wide asphalt bike-ped trail, with one (1) additional resting node with a bench, that will traverse around the pond and connect to the trail completed by the LWCF project. The trail will be ADA compliant and developed for users of all abilities and ages. 

  • ADA compliant playground at ball diamonds accessible to children of all abilities.

  • 5,000 square feet of hard surface (2,000 square feet of concrete and 3,000 square feet of compacted stone) between ball diamonds surrounding the existing restrooms and concessions building. Will be complementary and connect to the trails between the ball diamonds completed by the LWCF funded project.

  • Reconstruction of 88 parking space gravel Arena parking lot. Reconstruction will include the installation appropriate storm drainage. The reconstruction of this lot will be in addition to and connect with the minimum of 4 handicap accessible, hard surface parking spaces located in the Arena lot completed by the LWCF project.

  • 27 parking space asphalt parking lot in front of the Pavilion along Monroe Street. The lot will be in addition to and connect with the minimum of 2 handicap accessible, hard surface parking spaces located in front of the Pavilion completed by the LWCF project.

  • 250 lineal feet of 6’ fence along the east side of the arena as a safety/security barrier between the arena and active park area. 
     

Impacts:

  • Enhanced opportunities for park and recreation in East Allen County which is currently underserved.

  • Improved accessibility and safety.

  • Enhanced space for community events.

  • Increased opportunity for civic connection.  Readiness:

  • Enrivonmental review complete

  • Permits Needed:

  • No acquisition required

  • Local community funds and Land and Water Conservation Funds in place.  
     

Budget:  ​$925,000 
 

Possible Funding Partners:  Allen County Commissioners Allen County – Fort Wayne Capital Improvement Board Indiana Department of Natural Resources – Land and Water Conservation Fund AWS Foundation.

NEW HAVEN

PROJECTS

 

New Haven Community Center

Park Improvements

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The proposed improvements to the property of the New Haven Community Center Park will be focused on providing new outdoor park amenities on the south side of the existing Community Center that will provide a direct benefit for adjacent neighborhoods of Meadowbrook, Glenbrook Manor and the planned Kady Gene Cove Senior Housing Project.  The portion of the site where improvements will occur is currently an open field. The Community Center Park site is located at 7500 SR 930 East, Fort Wayne, IN 46803. The property is on the south side of SR 930 (Lincoln Highway) between Wayne Haven Street and Brookwood Drive.

 

The proposed improvements will include the following site elements and features:

  • The outdoor plaza space on the back of the New Haven Community Center will be expanded from about 1,100 sq. ft. to approximately 2,500 sq. ft.  This new plaza space will include an expanded pavement area, planting material, overhead shade structures, seat walls to define the space, and security lighting.

  • A new restroom building (approximately 1,250 sq. ft.) will be built to include space for restrooms, utility space, storage space for the Park Department, and potential concessions space.

  • An access drive will be provided to the new restroom building and an adjacent trash enclosure.

  • Additional overflow parking (approximately 9,000 sq. ft.) and emergency vehicle access will be provided.

  • A new splash pad (approximately 2,500 sq. ft.) consisting of above-ground and flush mount spray features will be installed.  Clean water from the City’s water system will be utilized and the water will drain to a stormwater detention basin for filtering and infiltration.

  • ADA compliant playground structures will be installed over approximately 3,250 sq. ft. of ADA compliant safety surfacing.  The playground structures themselves will utilize the playground industries ‘universal design concept’ and will exceed the minimum ADA requirements for playgrounds.

  • New pickleball courts (approximately 8,500 sq. ft.) and a new basketball court (approximately 6,500 sq. ft.) will be installed.  The new courts will be located on a newly paved surface and will be surrounded by a vertical safety barrier to protect a passerby from stray balls.

  • New sidewalks of varying widths will be installed to provide accessible walkways between the proposed amenities and to provide a connection to the existing trail system and the Meadowbrook Community.

  • An open activity lawn will be installed near all the amenities to provide a space that can function for a variety of events and activities.

  • Security lighting will be added to the existing Community Center and additional light poles (roughly 10) will be placed throughout the site.

  • As a part of this project, a variety of utility improvements will occur including

    • Electrical feed will be provided to power the restroom building and the light fixtures.  

    • Water services will be provided to drinking fountains, the restroom building, and the splash pad.

    • A sanitary connection will be made to provide sanitary service to the restroom building, the drinking fountains, and an optional connection for the splash pad.

    • Above and below grade stormwater improvements will be made to provide positive drainage flow, but the needed inlets/manholes and the associated stormwater lines will be installed to adequately drain the proposed improvements to the existing stormwater basins.  New stormwater basins will be installed and the existing stormwater basins will be expanded to handle the stormwater runoff of the proposed improvements.

 

In total, the proposed improvements anticipate adding roughly an additional one acre of impervious surface to the property (12.74 acres).

Kady Gene Cove

Phases I and II

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Kady Gene Cove – Phase I

Kady Gene Cove is a new housing development within New Haven’s Meadowbrook Rural Revival Target area.  Phase I will consist of 50 duplex units leased to seniors aged 55 and older.  The development will also be income restricted as affordable housing and available to households making 80% or less of the Allen County area median income.  All units will have two bedrooms and will be fully accessible or adaptable for those with disabilities or mobility impairments. All units will have a one-car garage; a full kitchen with oven, range, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, and garbage disposal; two full bathrooms; washer and dryer; and front porch and rear patio.

Kady Gene Cove Phase I will be developed with amenities chosen to suit the needs of its senior residents. A network of interconnecting sidewalks, with front lawns and backyards around each unit, will create a pleasant neighborhood atmosphere that will blend in with the existing homes surrounding the development site. A community building will also be built on site, and it will include a leasing office, fitness center, and multi-purpose community room with full kitchen. The Meadowbrook Trail – a dedicated pedestrian and bicycle path – will also cross the property and connect it to the New Haven Community Center, shopping, community services, restaurants, and recreational opportunities to the north.

 

Kady Gene Cove Phase I is expected to begin construction in April of 2020 and be completed by June of 2021.

Kady Gene Cove – Phase II

Kady Gene Cove Phase II will consist of 50 duplex units.  All units will be 2 bedrooms available for lease and will be not be income or age restricted.  All units will have a two-car garage; a full kitchen with oven, range, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, and garbage disposal; two full bathrooms; and front porch and rear patio.  Residents of Kady Gene Cove will have access to the leasing office located on Phase I and to the future Meadowbrook Trail through interconnecting sidewalks.

Kady Gene Cove Phase II is expected to begin construction by June 2021 and be completed by June 2022.

WOODBURN

PROJECTS
 

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