DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) - With the design phase complete the city of Delphi is moving on to public meetings to discuss upcoming Stellar grant projects.
On the list - new loft apartments downtown in historic buildings.
"It takes four buildings downtown and completely renovates those four buildings and puts 16 apartments on the second and third floor," Delphi mayor Randy Strasser said.
"We know one of the elements that we need is more senior and affordable housing, so part of that neighborhood plan will focus on that," the preservation society's Anita Werling said.
The look of downtown will be changing soon too. Of about 50 buildings, 37 will get new facades. Werling said it will take them back in time.
"Taking them back more to what they would have looked like back in the late 1800s, early 1900s," Werling said.
Strasser said one challenge of the facade project is planning around upcoming construction. He said a few days closed can hurt a small business.
"That's a big impact to their bottom line and we're wanting to work with them and hear how the city and contractors can work with them to minimize that impact," Strasser said.
City leaders will meet with business owners next week to discuss the plans.
Other projects on the table include a new trail connecting the north and south side of the city, and final restoration plans will be revealed in a few weeks for the Opera House downtown.
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