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The city of West Lafayette wants your help in re-imagining some of its busiest areas

The changes will create a plaza area on South Street and Chauncey Avenue.

Posted: Sep 24, 2019 6:21 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — West Lafayette leaders want your help re-imagining some of the city's busiest areas. The city is hoping to create a plaza area on South Street and Chauncey Avenue.

This change isn’t only focused on benefiting shoppers but business owners as well.

“If the city makes this as a park for people to like hangout, I think it would be better for us,” said Vic Singh, co-manager of the AM-PM convenience store.

AM-PM sits on South Street between Northwestern Avenue and Chauncey Avenue. Singh is one of many business owners imagining a better use for space in that area.

“The section of South Street was part of the State Street Project and had been imagined as a public plaza area. At the time we had decided to put that piece of the project on hold since we knew we would be able to analyze what that could be in the future,” said West Lafayette Deputy Director of Development Erin Easter.

The State Street project finished last November. Easter said this South Street and Chauncey Avenue project is now on the forefront and the city wants your help in deciding what it'll look like. City leaders are hosting a meeting at the West Lafayette Public Library on Oct. 1 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The city is thinking of creating a small park or green space for the community to enjoy on South Street between Northwestern and Chauncey Avenue. And city leaders are looking to make the road on Chauncey Avenue between the West Lafayette Library and the Morton Center an official space for festivals or other public events.

“The Chauncey Avenue section between the library and Morton Center, there are quite a few public events that happen,” said Easter. “That space will remain open to traffic but it will provide the opportunity for temporary closing for events.”

West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has worked at the library for nearly 40 years. He said being able to dedicate that road between the library and the Morton Center for public events will benefit their outreach programs.

“This is a fantastic idea,” said Schenkel. “It's something I've dreamed of doing for many, many years because it just fits so well the libraries mission, and with Morton Center and now City Hall’s Mission.”

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