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Public hearing on $22.4 million downtown plan set for noon June 12


The Shelbyville Redevelopment Commission has set the time for a public hearing on a proposed $22.4 million downtown renovation.


Commission members voted at their meeting Monday evening to hold the hearing at noon on June 12, according to city attorney Jennifer Meltzer. It will be the city's second public hearing on the project.


Speaking on Tuesday morning after the meeting, Meltzer, who's also the director of the Redevelopment Commission, said the city's still talking with the developers about the cost.


“The request for proposal that was received back in March is the request for proposal that we have. The (pause), that request has been and is continuing to be negotiated, and those numbers were the ones that were given to the public at the previous hearing. And those numbers have not changed and have not been updated,” she said.


Those numbers total $22,360,000 that the three developers – Genesis Property Group, led by Ron Kelsay, co-owner of the Riverfront Taproom; Tim Barrick of Ratio Architects; and Chris King of Runnebohm Construction Co. – have asked the city to contribute to the project.


Their request includes:



  • Infrastructure for executive homes at the former Major Hospital site on West Washington Street and townhomes across the street; 



  • Construction of a parking garage to support upscale living spaces in the Methodist Building, 23 Public Square;



  • Extensive remodeling of the Public Square itself, similar to what's happening now on East Washington Street.



The Redevelopment Commission's public hearing on the matter, at noon next Wednesday, is due to take place in Shelbyville City Hall, 44 W. Washington St.


In another matter, Meltzer said the commission Monday evening delayed a proposal to sell land on the city's east side to Greenleaf Foods SPC.


The company plans to build a facility on a 57-acre site on East State Road 44 just beyond Interstate 74 to manufacture vegetarian burgers and sausages, creating an estimated 460 new jobs. The site is part of a larger property owned by the Redevelopment Commission.


Meltzer said Greenleaf executives have been out of the country and unavailable to sign the necessary papers for the land sale. She expects to close on the deal by July 1.