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Special public hearing on downtown project is Wednesday

 

At noon Wednesday, the Shelbyville Redevelopment Commission is due to hold a public hearing on a proposed plan to revitalize the city's downtown.

 

Mayor Tom DeBaun wants an estimated $22.4 million in public funding to support the plan put forth by three local developers.

 

Ron Kelsay of Genesis Property Group, along with Tim Barrick of Ratio Architects and Chris King of Runnebohm Construction Co., created the development proposal.

 

Their plan includes building executive homes at the old Major Hospital site on West Washington Street and townhomes across the street, along with upscale living spaces in the Methodist Building on the Public Square.

 

The $22.4 million in public funding requested in their plan would be used for infrastructure, such as sewers and streets, at the Major Hospital site, a parking garage behind the Methodist Building, and extensive renovation of the Public Square itself (artist rendering pictured).

 

City Attorney Jennifer Meltzer, who's also director of the Redevelopment Commission, said if the commission gives the OK, the city will seek bids to get firm cost estimates for those items.

 

The public hearing at noon today is to be held in City Hall, 44 W. Washington St., second floor.

 

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