GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — 2020 is a year for major redevelopment in Greater Lafayette. Both mayors are reflecting on a decade of positive growth and looking forward to finishing new projects this year.
“First is the new city hall in the old Morton building, which will be named after former Mayor Sonya Margerum so we'll reference it as the Margerum Building,” said West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis.
The second major project in West Lafayette is the Wellness and Aquatics Center.
“It's going to have weight rooms, it's going to have cardio rooms, it's going to have an indoor pool, basketball courts, and an indoor running track, it will be a state of the art wellness facility,” said Dennis.
Lafayette will finish up some major projects as well.
“The baseball stadium will be primarily complete and the penguin exhibit is set to open,” said Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski. “We'll be bringing the carousel back to Columbian Park in 2020 and we're also starting the Lagoon in Memorial Island total restoration project.”
Lafayette is also getting more housing downtown through the Nova Tower project and they'll be reconstructing the Twyckenham Blvd. area to create more pedestrian trails. Mayor Roswarski said all these projects go hand in hand and bring a positive ripple effect.
“It's a, you know, how do we do projects, how do we bring entertainment opportunities, parks and recreation, quality jobs to the community that allows our citizens to have the high quality of life that we want them to have,” said Roswarski.
Both mayors say the future looks bright for Greater Lafayette.
“It's just really an exciting time to be mayor here and I'm just so honored and proud to be a part of it,” said Dennis.
Through the years, both cities have held focus groups and business owner meetings to learn what's best for the community. Both mayors credit city growth to the community for being so involved.