Source: The Corydon Democrat

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DDC seeks grant for Marketplace home

by Alan Stewart

November 19, 2013

The final design is still being worked out, but, if renderings of a revamped Indian Creek Marketplace presented to the Corydon Town Council last week by architect Brian Lindroth of Michell Timperman Ritz come to fruition, the revitalization of downtown Corydon would likely receive another shot in the arm.

Lindroth, who spoke alongside Jeff Shireman of James L. Shireman Inc., presented photos and artist renderings of what the project proposed by Develop Downtown Corydon, in conjunction with Main Street Corydon, may look like.

The Indian Creek Marketplace was started two years ago. The first year, it was set up in the north parking lot of the old Keller Manufacturing Co. This past summer, it relocated behind the old Wash-A-Rama Laundromat between Poplar and Chestnut streets in downtown Corydon.

If approved by the town council, which said it wanted to hear from local businesses first, the vacant Laundromat building would be torn down and replaced by a 3,000-square-foot brick building, with green spaces and benches for gathering.

The new building would be built a couple of feet above the flood plain (it would be handicapped accessible with a ramp on the north side of the structure), have overhead doors on either side to allow for a breeze when open, have bathroom facilities and there would be black steel supports holding up wooden shades for additional vendors near the parking area. Only one parking spot on the current site would be lost in the renovation.

In addition to hosting the Indian Creek Marketplace, Lindroth said the site could be a good spot for a farmers market. Also, the building could be rented to help offset operating costs.

Develop Downtown Corydon would also like to acquire a vacant lot along Chestnut Street for frontage of the marketplace and for the site of a second green space with benches and an iron railing identifying the marketplace.

"We wanted to create places for people to be, and we wanted to try and build something that looks like it's always been there and ties in with the district and feel of the area," Lindroth said. "The painted steel and brick ties in with an old iron factory and really ties in as the vitalization of downtown Corydon happens."

Shireman said a few businesses along Chestnut Street — Butt Drugs, the Artisan Center, Alberto's and Point Blank Brewing Co. — have already upgraded their facades and the revamped marketplace would tie in perfectly.

To fund the project, Develop Downtown Corydon and Main Street Corydon are seeking a signature grant (requests of $200,000 or more) from the Harrison County Community Foundation.

Town Council member John Kintner asked if any of the businesses around the site had been asked what they thought of it or how their businesses might be affected.

Tracy Webber, speaking on behalf of Develop Downtown Corydon, said she would get a tally of business interest and present it to the council as soon as possible.

Signature grants must be submitted to the Foundation by Dec. 15. (The proposal passed an initial review by the Foundation and received the go-ahead to submit an application for the grant.)