Source: The Corydon Democrat

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Grant denied for Marketplace

by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor

April 08, 2014

Develop Downtown Corydon, which recently partnered with Main Street Corydon, was unsuccessful in obtaining a Signature Grant from the Harrison County Community Foundation. The grant would have allowed for the demolition of the old Laundromat along Poplar Street and the construction of a new building. The new building would have been used for the Indian Creek Marketplace, as well as been available to rent for gatherings.

"Unfortunately, we did not get approval for the (grant)," Tracy Webber, a spokesperson for Develop Downtown Corydon, said.

She added that the group is not discouraged but will regroup and move ahead.

The Marketplace, now in its third year, will relocate to the old Keller Manufacturing Co. parking lot near the north bridge (Old S.R. 135/S.R. 337), which is where it started in 2012. It was set up last season in the parking lot of the old Laundromat.

"You can't get into Corydon from the north without crossing that bridge," Ann Windell, a member of the DDC, said. "People will say, 'What's going on there?' "

This year's Marketplace will open May 10 and continue each Saturday through Oct. 25. Hours will be 8 a.m. to noon.

Webber said they have "a pretty extensive vendor list" already for this season.

"We're seeing it continue to grow," she said.

The booth space fee has been raised from $120 to $140 due to the longer season.

Webber also said the Develop Downtown Corydon group, which had been meeting on the third Tuesday of each month, no longer will have monthly meetings. Rather, information will be relayed by e-mail to interested business owners.

At last month's meeting, when she made the announcement, about four businesses were represented. Webber said it takes the efforts of the businesses, the Town of Corydon, the Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County and the Harrison County Economic Development Corp. to make something like Develop Downtown Corydon's efforts work.

"If businesses aren't going to step up to the plate, I don't know what else to do," Webber said. "Indian Creek Marketplace is working. The vendors are very involved ... we need to keep that going."