New pedestrian bridge, more public space proposed in future downtown West Lafayette

The Area Plan Commission is holding a public presentation Thursday to show its planning efforts for future development of West Lafayette's downtown.

Posted: Aug 29, 2019 6:51 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Area Plan Commission is holding a public presentation Thursday to show its planning efforts for future development of West Lafayette's downtown.

The draft document that will be presented is a matter of policy. APC Assistant Director Ryan O'Gara said there will be no laws or ordinances changed with this plan. 


Rendering of a new pedestrian bridge over the Wabash River

The draft includes policy statements and directives that are designed to influence future changes to things like zoning and transportation projects. This includes possible ideas to change road structures, preserve historic buildings and sites, and also create more public spaces.

The idea is to connect the Chauncey Village and Levee to downtown Lafayette. O'Gara said developers and community members want to see those areas more like a traditional downtown.

"We're taking the opportunity with this plan to promote a system of grid streets on the Levee, on the Wabash Riverfront to support further urbanization," said O'Gara.

Preliminary plans also show another pedestrian bridge from West Lafayette to Lafayette. It could be a suspension bridge. Nothing has been approved yet.

These plans are designed to look several generations into the future.

Thursday's meeting is open for anyone to attend. It's being held at the West Lafayette Public Library at 6 p.m. There will then be a month-long period for public comment. Following that, APC's formal plan adoption process will begin.

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