LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette Renew was recently recognized for its work repurposing the site of an old convenience store.
The Village Pantry at Ninth and South streets was torn down and replaced with a pocket park and pumping station.
Lafayette Renew received a Merit Award for the project. The award comes from the American Council of Engineering Companies.
"We were able to address, one, the complicated stormwater issues in downtown ... and then repurpose the old Village Pantry site," says Lafayette Renew Superintendent Brad Talley. "That site was an eyesore for the community and we were able to make into something that adds value to the community."
Talley says the project also separated 24 acres of combined sewer systems in the downtown area.
"When the downtown was built, it was all combined sewers, and so what that means is your sanitary sewer also collects your rain water ... we have separated the area along Valley Street," he says. "That stormwater project helped alleviate flooding in that area."
The city recently secured funding for Lafayette Renew's next big project.
As News 18 previously reported, crews will install a massive stormwater holding tank and a solar array near Walnut Street.