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Construction work on Monon expansion in high gear

City releases new images of future Midtown Plaza

Post Date:04/09/2018 10:00 AM

 

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City of Carmel
www.carmel.in.gov
One Civic Square, Carmel, IN 46032

 

NEWS RELEASE

Date:                April 9,2018
Contact:          Nancy Heck (317) 571-2474
Release:          Immediate

Construction work on Monon expansion in high gear

City releases new images of future Midtown Plazawork on monon

CARMEL, IN – Construction on the City of Carmel’s major widening and expansion of the popular Monon Greenway has officially kicked into high gear. The approximately $30 million Monon expansion through the heart of Midtown and the Arts & Design District will dramatically transform the landscape from a single-lane trail into multi-faceted public areas with green spaces, gathering places, plazas, amenity zones and additional lanes dedicated to pedestrians, bicyclists and two one-way lanes for vehicular traffic. Considered one of the most congested sections of the greenway, a portion of the current 12-foot wide path will soon be widened to 140 feet from 1st Street SW to the future 6th Street SW.

               “This investment in the heart of our Midtown area has already resulted in millions of dollars in private investment from companies wanting to be part of Carmel’s new ‘beach-front’ property,” said Mayor Jim Brainard. “Our Monon expansion will help alleviate congestion on the greenway, provide better options for a variety of family activities and with new corporate investments, keep our local property tax levels among the lowest in the state of Indiana.”

               Construction has already begun on intersections of the new Monon Blvd at 1st, 2nd and 4th Streets. Other phases of the project will be done through the spring and summer construction seasons with an anticipated completion date by the end of the year. The Monon Greenway will remain open throughout the project, but some east-west vehicular traffic might be restricted.

               This area of the Arts & Design District and Midtown is also under heavy commercial construction with several ongoing projects. These include the new Anthony’s Chophouse at Main Street, Sun King Distillery, MJ Insurance headquarters, Merchants Bank headquarters and Midtown West residential project by Barrett & Stokely all under construction or soon to be breaking ground in this area.

               Because it’s difficult to imagine what the new Monon Expansion will actually look like, the City of Carmel today is releasing several images of artistic renderings of the area as it could appear as it is built out gradually over time. Here is a link you can follow in order to see and download all of the images:

http://www.carmel.in.gov/about-carmel/redevelopment-in-progress

Gehl Studio was selected by the City to provide guidance and develop concepts for the project. Rundell Ernstberger Associates and CrossRoad Engineers carried those concepts to final design of this section of the Monon Greenway. Some of the features will include: Dedicated lanes for pedestrians and bicycles, gathering spaces, plazas, amenity zones, lighting, trees, green infrastructure, traffic-calmed roadways and on-street parking.

The range of amenities for trail users was designed to provide a distinctive experience and will include: Neighborhood green spaces, arts plazas, community tables, benches, food kiosks, shade structures, spray plaza, bocce ball courts, public art and outdoor café spaces.

The expanded greenway will serve the rapidly growing Midtown redevelopment area where the city is partnering with private developers to create a new corridor connecting our City Center and Arts & Design redevelopment districts, which will include a mix of offices, restaurants, retail and residential units in what was once the city’s primary industrial area.

The project is also eagerly anticipated by trail users who have voiced their concerns about congestion in this area. An average of 300,000-plus people run, walk or bike on this stretch of the Monon Greenway from Main Street south to the Palladium each year, making it one of the most congested stretches in Carmel. The new project will separate those who are on the greenway for leisure and those who are seeking rigorous physical activity.

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