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January 23, 2018

1/4/2018 3:00:00 PM
Mayor looking forward to more improvements in '18
Jack’s Place Condominiums are going up at Sixth and Poplar Streets.
Jack’s Place Condominiums are going up at Sixth and Poplar Streets.
Mayor Brent Bascom is looking to focus on developing downtown Rising Sun.
Mayor Brent Bascom is looking to focus on developing downtown Rising Sun.

Rising Sun Mayor Brent Bascom looked back at 2017 only to be optimistic for the upcoming year.

" I can't help but be excited for what 2018 projects we have ahead of us. Our City was fortunate to be a recipient of $501,357.75 from the State of Indiana. This funding will allow us continue investing in our local infrastructure needs. With a project that is expected to cost just shy of $669,000, you can imagine that scope of it is quite large," says Bascom. "While some routine maintenance will occur, 19 separate roads will receive fresh layers of asphalt. Additionally, new sidewalks will be added to 6th St as well as new ADA ramps added to applicable locations on Front St, Mulberry St, Detmer Lane, Poplar St, Walnut St and 6th St. I understand there will be some inconveniences for our residents. However, I am quite confident that final product will well worth it."

Bascom looks at increased housing as well. "The Rising Sun Redevelopment Commission and White Pine Construction plan to continue completion of the John's Place condominium housing project located on Sixth Street. This project alone will add more roof tops to the city than we have added in some time. It is our expectation that this project will achieve full occupancy and allow our Redevelopment Commission to address other parcels for housing development. The amount of time invested by our Redevelopment Commission has been impressive and the City of Rising Sun is grateful for all their hard work."

Another project being developed is in its infancy. "Our Main Street is the focal point of the city and connects to our recently completed Riverfront Project. It is our hope that collaboration between the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Rising Sun Main Street, and our city to design a strategic plan that will offer an opportunity that revitalizes the heart of our business district," says Bascom.

"Our intent is not to destroy what is currently there but to build upon the current elements to make our Main Street a destination for all of our residents. This project, much like our City's Comprehensive Plan, will offer opportunities for public input. For 2018, it is my goal to have this project vetted and submitted for grant consideration with OCRA. The coming year looks to offer great opportunities to build on what we currently have and I'm excited for all that lies ahead of us."





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