West Lafayette's plan for new downtown heading to city council

The plan would redevelop about 260 acres from the Wabash Riverfront to Purdue's campus.

Posted: Feb 3, 2020 5:45 PM
Updated: Feb 3, 2020 6:37 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - West Lafayette's plan for a new downtown made its way to city council Monday evening after more than two years in the works.

The plan would redevelop 262 acres from the Wabash Riverfront to Purdue's campus.

This includes areas such as Chauncey Village, Wabash Landing, Levee Plaza and the Wabash Riverfront.

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis said the public will play an important role in developing the area.

"This plan for a downtown is really critical to our future but also so exciting for the citizens that live here to have a voice and a choice about what's going to go there," said Dennis.

The plan will serve as a guide for the future. It details West Lafayette's goals to improve business and residential spaces in the new downtown.

"We want to make sure that it's walkable, bikeable, driveable. We want to make sure that there is parking, that there is green space and we want to make sure that it's going to be suitable for this area of Greater Lafayette," said Dennis.

Dennis said he hopes the future developments will better connect Lafayette and West Lafayette.

Dennis: "One of the greatest assets we have that very communities have is a major waterway such as the Wabash River that runs through our community. That would be sort of a unifying point," said Dennis.

The entire downtown plan can be viewed here.

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