The State of the City of Wabash (Aim Ideas Summit 2017)- 5:00
with Mayor Scott Long, City of Wabash
Posted Nov 01, 2017
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A special production of Comcast Newsmakers from the Accelerate Indiana Municipalities Idea Summit at the Old National Events Center in Evansville, Indiana. The annual summit features local officials from across the state as they visit together in exchange of development ideas, economic success and needs.
This segment highlights the City of Wabash by Mayor Scott Long.
Bennett: You recently completed the Riverfront Plaza project, correct?
Long: It was an IHCDA Patronisting Matching Campaign; where IHCDA would give us 50 thousand if we raised 50 thousand. We had about 6 weeks to do that at the end of last year and ended up raising 82 thousand. We had a little extra that would put toward maintenance and things.
Bennett: What is that project exactly?
Long: Along our river, we have a riverwalk. ?State Road 15 and 13 come across the river from the south and just over the bridge; on the left-hand side we built a riverfront park with pavers; we built a Pavilion deck that overlooks the river; there's a fire pit. And then there was a building that our parks department used for storage. I had a local business man approach me that wanted to lease the space. He will be opening an ice cream and sandwich shop in the spring of 2018.
Bennett: Is that something you've continued to hear at the summit, talks of downtown revitalization?
Long: We hold a month First Friday event and we see upwards of one to three thousand people infiltrating our downtown; visiting shops. Food trucks from Fort Wayne come down to Wabash for that.
Bennett: What are some other needs [of Wabash]?
Long: Housing. Currently, I'm using a professional group to do a housing study. In conjunction we are updating our zoning ordinances and comprehensive plan.
Bennett: Are you looking for more housing [in Wabash]?
Long: We do need more housing. We are currently building a new Parkview hospital. We've got professionals coming in from out-0f-state to work at that hospital and we don't have vacant homes to meet the wants of those professionals. I'm hoping this study will be completed within 12-18 months to help me decide what to do.