Happy New Year, IN-53 MoCoGov readers!
This past December 17th, the Monroe County Redevelopment Commission released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in order to identify a consultant who can assist us in placemaking and aesthetic improvements for the Westside Economic Development Area.
The introduction for the RFQ reads as follows:
The Monroe County Redevelopment Commission is seeking the services of qualified firms to provide assistance for placemaking, including aesthetic and functional upgrading/improvement of gateways, of the Westside Economic Development Area (WEDA).
Since its establishment in 1993, the Monroe County Westside Economic Development Area (WEDA)—also known as the Westside TIF or the Richland TIF—has been the site of significant economic development for the unincorporated area of the county, and serves as the site for many of Monroe County’s largest employers, including Cook, Baxter Pharmaceuticals, TASUS, Printpack, and Ivy Tech Community College. With the addition of several public amenities, including Will Detmer Park, the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences, the Northwest YMCA, and the Karst Greenway (a multiuse trail running through the area), the WEDA is also seeing and will continue to see a significant number of visitors (community residents) beyond the employees of the businesses in the WEDA.
The following map illustrates the boundaries of the WEDA:
The vision for this project is to give the WEDA a sense of place and a distinctive aesthetic treatment that will further its strengths as a local center of employment and mark it as an attractive, desirable place for residents, visitors, and prospective businesses.
I have advocated for this effort for a long time, and have written about the Westside Economic Development Area here and here, and thank the Monroe County Redevelopment Commission for supporting this effort.
The full RFQ is available here: WEDA RFQ 2014-12-23
Responses are due at or before 3PM, January 30, 2015. Here is hoping for some good responses!