By: Danielle Brewer & Mike Rhodes—
Yorktown, IN—The town of Yorktown marked the launch of its downtown redevelopment initiative this morning with the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Yorktown Town Hall construction project at 9312 W. Smith Street.
Rich Lee, Town Council President; Matt Anderson, President of the Yorktown Redevelopment Commission; and Pete Olson, Yorktown Town Manager gave remarks.
The Yorktown Redevelopment Commission and Town Council are excited to move forward with the expansion and enrichment of downtown Yorktown. The representatives of Yorktown’s municipality strongly believe that self-investment is essential to highlighting the town’s strengths and creating new avenues for community advancement.
“This is progress…This is a beautiful site to be able to have town hall in the middle of town. We really look forward to being in one building where we can combine services and communicate department-to-department more easily. This is the first step toward what we can call true redevelopment.”—Rich Lee, Yorktown Town Council President
Execution of the project will fall within the encompassing $12 million budget allocated for the planning and construction of the new Town Hall, Center Green Park, and redevelopment of supporting public roads and utilities. The economic impact from the project is expected to bring new employment, diversify the current tax base, and improve the quality of life for the citizens of Yorktown.
Yorktown officials and community representatives began visioning for the project in 2015. The town and elected officials engaged with constituents in order to create a dialogue focusing on the town’s potential and unique character. Yorktown proceeded to hire an experienced team of consultants, architects and engineers to create a master plan. The consulting team includes the Veridus Group for planning and town representation, BF&S for engineering, Context Design and US Architects for architecture and GM Development, and Runnebohm for construction.
The new Yorktown Town Hall is expected to be completed October 2019.