Town of Brownsburg Blog

Feb 25th, 2016
01:10 PM
about 3 years ago
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Rainey, Annisa

We hope you had the chance to hear the State of the Town address recently delivered by Town Manager Grant Kleinhenz to the Brownsburg Chamber of Commerce. The presentation highlighted the many projects accomplished and goals reached by the municipality last year. If you missed it, see the presentation slides HERE. The 2015 Annual Report is also available, so pick up a hard copy at Town Hall or view it online HERE.

Brownsburg Town Council and the administration have outlined 2016 priorities in line with the Town's strategic plan and funded in this year's $50.8 million budget. Here are 16 projects we'll be working on for the community in 2016:

1. Downtown Redevelopment: A new Community Recreation Center is planned as the anchor facility in the redevelopment of the 7.5-acre former St. Malachy site. The Town's vision is to reuse the Green Street frontage with a mixed use of retail, business, and public recreation. The Community Center will be adjacent to Arbuckle Acres and is expected to have a basketball facility, gymnasium, fitness center, indoor walking track, and indoor swimming pool. There will be program and meeting rooms and a childcare area. Final design and site layout is not complete, but a draft site layout provides the general intent of the Town for the proposed Community Center. An engineering firm has been awarded the project design, which is expected to be finalized in late 2017, and construction is expected to be complete in 2019. The Town issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for capital contribution partners to generate additional revenue for the facility’s construction in early February and those proposals are due in March.

2. N. Green Street Improvement: The two-lane section of N. Green Street from US 136 north to 56th Street is outdated and doesn’t have capacity for the estimated 28,000 cars that travel it each day. The Town is planning a $5.5 million total reconstruction of the roadway with a “complete street” concept that includes a bike lane, multi-use trail, decorative lighting and landscaping. VS Engineering designed the cross section with public input from impacted residents and business owners. A $3 million Highway Safety Improvement Program Grant from INDOT has been secured for State FY2018 which begins on July 1, 2017. INDOT has released our Environmental Impact Statement and the Town is currently in the stages of planning for a Public Hearing to be held on March 15th and once this meeting is complete, the right of way appraisal process can begin. If all right of way is purchased prior to a final review by INDOT in early April 2017, the bid may be let and awarded shortly after July 1, 2017 with construction starting later that year.  Construction is expected to take 12 months.

3. N. Green/I-74 Gateway: Phase III of the gateway project will include a trail/sidewalk from the new trailhead in front of the St. Vincent medical office that will extend under the I-74 overpass along the east side of N. Green Street and connect to the sidewalk at Crew Car Wash. The plan also includes landscaping improvements north of the overpass, a continuation of pedestrian oriented overhead lighting and a potential recreational trail northeast to access residential areas in the Worthington Estates subdivision. The $500,000 project is set to bid this spring with construction underway through the summer.

4. Bicentennial Trail: Construction is expected to begin in April on a 1-mile recreational trail that will link the B&O Trail in Brownsburg to Avon's trail system. The two towns partnered on the cost share of the $600,000 project that will be constructed this summer west of CR 900E connecting CR 300N in Brownsburg to CR200N in Avon. The trail has been endorsed by the State of Indiana as a Bicentennial Legacy Project.  The Town is also designing the extension of the B&O Trail from CR 300N to the Ronald Reagan Parkway as a part of this project but construction is not expected to happen until 2017.

5. Brownsburg Village Center Sidewalk: Construction of a sidewalk that links from Roland Manor to the existing sidewalk in front of Chase Bank near Green Street is anticipated this spring. The Town is also looking into alternatives for pedestrians to more safely cross Northfield Drive from Roland Manor to access shopping the center that includes Kmart and Kroger.

6. Street Resurfacing: The Town will conduct $2.3 million in street resurfacing projects this year, which includes $1.15 million carried over from FY2015. Streets to be resurfaced will include S. Green Street from Airport Road to the southern Town limits, and parts of Hufford Street, Odell, and CR 900E. 

7. Thornburg Parkway and Cardinal Park: The extension of Thornburg Parkway through the Cardinal property was delayed until this year due to realignment and stormwater design challenges. Completing the road will allow for the development of Cardinal Park and also accomplishes a priority of the Town's Thoroughfare Plan by connecting to Hornaday Road and eventually east to CR 900 E. Cardinal Park and the RTP Trail are both in the engineering design stages and will be ready for construction yet this year. The park will have an active recreation space, a dog park, a potential splash pad and a trailhead at the B&O Trail.

8. Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Design Engineering: The wastewater treatment plant is operating at approximately 88 percent capacity and will need a $20+ million improvement in the next few years to accommodate growth and development as well as to meet new requirements for the removal of phosphorous. The Town is determining the best way to fund this necessary facility and collection system upgrade. Funding will include nearly $5 million that have been saved over the past five years and may also include a rate increase for sewer customers. The rate was last increased in 2010. Design engineering will be complete late this summer and the plan is to bid the project in the early fall with construction starting by year’s end.  The construction will take approximately two years and will cover our wastewater needs for the next 15-20 years.

9. Regional Stormwater Detention Facility: $858,000 is budgeted this year for the design engineering for a stormwater detention facility at Ronald Reagan Parkway.  The project is designed so that we can collect and deal with stormwater runoff in the most efficient manner possible rather than requiring each project to deal with their runoff on site.  We believe this approach will conserve land that can then be used for additional growth and development and also create a potential amenity that can be used by our Parks & Recreation Department to provide recreational opportunities such as fishing, boating, trails and nature appreciation.  The Town Engineer will issue a Request for Proposals in the first quarter of 2016 with design starting during the summer.

10. Southside (Tilden) Drainage: Construction on the combined sewer and stormwater separation along Tilden Road from the western Town limits to Jefferson Street should be complete in July. The $5.2 million project includes a new storm main line, new sewer and water lines, road reconstruction, curbs, gutter, and sidewalk replacement. Several side streets including Maxine Manor, Alpha Avenue, Locust Lane, Saratoga Drive, and Sunnybrook Drive will also get improvements.

11. Northfield Drive from Beacon Pointe to CR 300N: Design for this last segment of Northfield Drive is underway and INDOT is reviewing the necessary environmental documents. A public meeting will be held later this year and right-of-way acquisition will begin late 2016/early 2017 with construction planned in the summer of 2018.

12. CR 900E Water Main Loop Phase III: This is the last section of the Town's three phase water main loop that started in 2014 to increase flow and pressure to the growing northeast side of Town. A new water main will be installed on CR 900E from Motorsports Way south to an existing main near Creekside Commons. The project should be ready to bid this summer with construction complete by year's end. Phase II is currently ready for construction and extended the loop north on CR 901E under 56th Street to Hession Farms.

13. CR300N and S. Green Street Roundabout: Utility relocation is currently underway for a $1.4 million roundabout originally planned for construction in 2015. Last summer's wet weather delayed the bidding of the project, which should be commencing with construction by early April and take approximately 60 days to complete.  The Town will be closing off S. Green Street at the intersection and traffic will be detoured to the east for the duration of the construction.  This decision was made to accommodate a quick construction which led to a better bid pricing, saving approximately $350,000.

14. Community Events: The Town Hall Green will continue as the host site for many community events. The Brownsburg Farmers Market presented by IU Health West Hospital brings fresh produce, artisan baked goods, and handcrafts to local shoppers all summer starting in June. The Town partners with Lucas Oil Raceway and the NHRA to host the Rev Rally in June and the Big Go Block Party in August to celebrate Brownsburg’s motorsports industry and racing heritage. The Brownsburg Police Department’s annual Night Out Against Crime will be held again in August.  Brownsburg Parks hosts its Summer Concert Series and partners with the Town on the Halloween-themed Pumpkin Smash Bash. And, Christmas Under the Stars brings crowds of families to downtown for the parade, tree lighting, and holiday entertainment in early December.  The Town is committed to making improvements to the Green as well as each event in order to create a gathering place where the community can come together and be involved.

15. Explore City Status: Town Council members are interested in researching the differences, advantages and disadvantages between the Town's current Council/Manager form of government and the Mayor/Council form of government which many larger communities choose. Administration will work with the council to explore the topic and determine its benefit.  There is no timetable for this process.

16. Community Revitalization: Over the past few years, the Town of Brownsburg has made a concerted effort to improve the community’s appearance. Decorative street lights with fresh banner designs, wayfinding signs that identify key destinations, landscaping projects, and Façade Improvement Grants are all part of making visitors feel welcome and residents proud of our community. The 2016 TIF budget includes $125,000 for Façade Improvement Grants for small businesses to apply for funds for projects like signs, painting, awnings and canopies, architectural details and landscaping. The Town awarded more than $100,000 to 10 established Brownsburg businesses in 2015. Since the program started in 2014, 27 grants have been awarded with a total reinvestment of more than $439,000.

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