ANDERSON – Interim changes are planned at the former Edgewood Plaza shopping center site and the city will be creating a roundabout to improve traffic flow near the southside Applewood Centre.
The Anderson Redevelopment Commission recently considered a contract with the engineering firm of Butler Fairman & Seufert Inc. to design a gateway plan for the former westside shopping center property, now owned by the commission.
Mike Spyers, city engineer, said the intent is to develop a “green space” area until the property is developed.
Spyers said the work will include lighting and signage.
“We want to identify the area as a gateway into the city,” he said.
Greg Winkler, interim director of the Anderson Economic Development Department, said the paved parking lot in front of the former Edginn restaurant will be removed.
Wild flowers will be planted with walking paths, he said. The city is looking at some special uses as an arts venue that will allow local residents to paint graffiti and artwork on plywood in the area.
“This is an interim fix,” Winkler said. “Our long-term plan is for a commercial development on the property.”
The city is working on the demolition of three vacant buildings on the property.
The former King Gyros building on Indiana 32 is scheduled for demolition with construction of a new retail development planned for later this spring.
Winkler said a “food truck” has been operating successfully at the intersection of Raible Avenue and Indiana 32 in the warmer weather, an indication that there is a demand for retail services in the area.
The Redevelopment Commission also approved a resolution to amend the work plan for the creation of a roundabout at 59th Street, in front of the former Anderson Inn motel.
The projected cost of the project is $1.3 million which includes new lighting in the area.