What is the Stellar Communities Program?
In 2010, the State of Indiana created a partnership of three state agencies that fund local road improvements (INDOT), housing improvements (IHCDA) and infrastructure improvements (OCRA). These three agencies regularly administer project funding to communities in Indiana on a competitive basis. If designated a Stellar Community, these funds are made accessible and do not have to be competed for. The Stellar Community Program is designed to “reward” communities for utilizing comprehensive citizen-engaged planning to create a livable vision for their future. The first Stellar Communities were named in 2011.
How did Warsaw become a finalist?
An initial application to the Stellar State Committee was submitted that detailed community vision, a specific local target project area, and how the projects in that target area will impact the future livability of the community.
The East Market Street neighborhood from downtown Warsaw into the Town of Winona Lake was our target area. Eight projects were identified that are designed to improve the neighborhood quality of life and connectivity between communities.
Stellar Target Area Map High Resolution
Warsaw was selected as a finalist based on this initial application.
What were the ten projects?
Project - Argonne Road Streetscape
. This is a transportation project designed to improve safety and access for businesses and travelers, while creating a visually stunning gateway between Warsaw and Winona Lake.
Project - Ker Park.
This project will renovate and improve Ker park with new play structures, a water feature, and a picnic shelter!
- Home of Your Own Repairs
. This will provide assistance for home owners to improve health and safety aspects of their homes.
- Cycle Track
. A cycle track through downtown Warsaw will connect our community with a world class biking and walking trail.
- Krebs Park
. Krebs Trailhead park could be expanded to include interactive public art exhibits!
- Neighborhood Streetscape
. This project will create a buffer that protects homes from some of the impacts of existing industries.
. The goal of this project is to increase traffic efficiency and safety by reconfiguring the intersection into a roundabout
- Richardson Dubois Park
. This park will be upgraded to include a skate park, new basketball court, and new restrooms!
- Senior Community
. This project will offer diversity in housing choices with private infill development for seniors to age in place lifestyle.
- Gatke Maker Space
. The Gatke Property redevelopment is a Stellar Communities project that will meet a long standing goal of re-purposing a blighted area of the East Market Street Neighborhood.
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