PROJECTS

EAST ALLEN'S RURAL REVIVAL

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.

GRABILL

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HARLAN

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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.  
 

WOODBURN

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Woodburn Community Park Improvements, Phase 1

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The Woodburn Community Park, owned and operated by Maumee Township, is located just northeast of the downtown area between Fahlsing Road to the east and Park Street to the west. The park has been part of Woodburn’s history for years and continues to serve as a key amenity for the community. The proposed park master plan will upgrade existing amenities while introducing new amenities to serve a wider range of users. A key design feature of Phase 1 of the proposed improvements is the removal of Overmeyer Street as a vehicular street. Overmeyer currently runs east to west and divides the park in half. Once removed, the street will no longer present a safety hazard to pedestrians. The portion of Overmeyer between the cul-de-sacs will be transformed into a ‘pedestrian only’ promenade and staging area for special events like a farmer’s market or the annual parade.  
 

Newly designed park walks and trails will better connect the park and its recreational facilities to the surrounding neighborhoods and Woodburn’s downtown. Additionally, the nearby public library, elementary school, churches, and senior citizen housing will also benefit from these safe routes. Proposed park amenities during this phase of the project will include sitting nodes along the walking trails, a new basketball court, multi-use playground surface, and a large all-inclusive splash pad. Parking spaces currently located near the center of the park will be shifted to the park’s perimeter. This will improve access and safety within the park by keeping vehicular and pedestrian traffic separated. Visitors will also be able to utilize the park’s trail system to conveniently access park amenities, including the existing ball diamonds, concession stand and enclosed pavilion. Existing restrooms located near the baseball diamonds and pavilion will be upgraded to be accessible to all users during this phase of the project.  


Future recreational amenities to be completed beyond Phase 1 includes pickleball courts, shuffleboard, outdoor chess, corn hole boards, inclusive playgrounds, and checker boards. 

Impacts:

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

  • Improved accessibility and safety for pedestrians with the removal of Overmeyer Street, parking lot improvements, accessible restroom facility, and an accessible splash pad.

  • Enhanced space for community events.

  • Increased opportunity for civic connection.  
     

Readiness:

  • Red Flag Survey: No significant environmental issues.

  • Permits Needed: Rule 5, design release to the State of Indiana, potential INDOT permit.

  • Site Control/Acquisition Needed: A little over an acre would need to be acquired from East Allen County Schools. All other property owned by the City of Woodburn or  Maumee Township.

  • Contains improvements which would score points for an Indiana Department of Natural Resources Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant. 

 
Budget:  ​$750,000

 

Possible Funding Partners:  Allen County – Fort Wayne Capital Improvement Board City of Woodburn Indiana Department of Natural Resources – Land and Water Conservation Fund Local Fundraising Maumee Township 

Streetscape Improvements

Phase 2

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In 2012, with the construction of the US 24 Project, “Fort to Port”, nearing completion just north of the City of Woodburn, residents planned to influence how this new asset would impact growth in their community. It was determined important to preserve the vitality of the existing downtown as growth on the outskirts occurred. A Main Street organization was formed and in 2014, an IOCRA funded Downtown Revitalization Plan was completed. Phase 1 of streetscape enhancement occurred in 2015 along Main Street and Bull Rapids Road, also assisted through IOCRA funds. Improvements complement the ‘vintage’ character of the downtown. These improvements served as a catalyst for a new meat market and town square improvements which occurred shortly after completion of the streetscape work. 


Woodburn desires to expand the ‘vintage’ character and improved streetscape throughout the rest of their downtown core. Phase 2 of streetscape improvements would be along Main Street to the west and east of the existing streetscape and would extend northward on Bull Rapids Road and southward on College Street. Similar to the first phase of improvements, features will include new sidewalks, new signpost, street trees, decorative planters, improvements to on-street parking, improvements to necessary utility infrastructure, and new LED lighting with banner arms. To expand the feel of the downtown environment and to provide gateways into the nearby neighborhoods, new LED lighting poles with banner arms will also be installed along Main Street, Bull Rapids Road, Carl Street, College Street, Center Street, and Core Street.  
 

Impact:

  • Expansion upon the success of the first phase while creating a more vibrant downtown that often translates to a community that is healthy both economically and socially.

  • Address an area in need of redevelopment through replacement of deteriorated  sidewalks and stormwater infrastructure. 

Readiness:

  • Local match funding over 10% of estimated project costs committed by City of Woodburn resolution.

  • Preliminary engineering completed.

  • Red flag survey conducted.  No major environmental issues identified.

  • Permits Needed: INDOT permit and potentially a Rule 5.

  • No acquisition anticipated, within the public right-of-way. Budget: ​$599,015 

 
Possible Funding Partners: City of Woodburn Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs – Stellar CDBG Funds 

Sidewalk Improvements

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