City approves enhancement study for Wabash neighborhood

They plan to work closely with community members to understand what they want to see change.

Posted: Feb 28, 2019 4:38 PM
Updated: Feb 28, 2019 5:37 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Lafayette Redevelopment Commission approved a study of the Wabash Avenue neighborhood on Thursday. The goal of the study is to establish a community enhancement plan.

The city hired urban planning company MKSK, which has a West Lafayette office, to conduct the study.

They plan to work closely with community members to understand what they want to see change. Things like housing, streets and connectivity, parks, river access, and safety will all be addressed.

The city wants to continue after the good things the Wabash Walls project brought to the neighborhood.

"We really want to build on the momentum that's created down there and look at how that neighborhood can be improved and so they can realize their goals and what they want to achieve down there," said Lafayette Economic Development Commissioner Dennis Carson.

He said the city is also hoping to learn from the study as well.

"This is a good way for us to be able to hear from them what their needs are," he said. "So we are very much supportive of associations and the groups coming together."

It's expected to take six months to complete the study. Neighbors can give their input at neighborhood meetings.

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