The Town of Shipshewana Downtown Revitalization Plan Steering Committee has completed their initial analysis and scheduled public input meetings. The steering committee is asking residents to attend these meetings so the committee and their consultant, DLZ Indiana, LLC, can hear the residents' thoughts on the town’s future.
The meetings will be in two sessions – from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. – on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the town hall on Morton S. DLZ will present a variety of information, including an overview of the study process, results from a survey presented at meetings on Aug. 4, 2011, issues identified by the consultant, and a variety of potential options to improve the Town of Shipshewana for all stakeholders. Each meeting will begin with a short presentation, followed by a question and answer session and open discussion.
Attendees will be given the opportunity to provide input on the various options presented via a worksheet available for them to complete. DLZ and the steering committee will use the results of this meeting to make recommendations, identify phasing priorities, and seek funding following adoption of the plan by the Shipshewana Town Council.
“Shipshewana is a wonderful, vibrant community, but in these economic times even the most successful communities cannot afford to not look for ways to improve,” stated Stephen G. Metzer, AICP, PWS, of DLZ, the consultant hired by the town to prepare the plan. “Our analysis during the Downtown Revitalization Plan study has identified a number of issues that can and should be addressed that would make the experience for the tourists, business owners, and residents that much better. We are hopeful that we get great attendance and input at these meetings to help decide what will be included in the final recommendations. Some issues will be easier to address than others but in the end the goal is to make Shipshewana a better place to live, work, shop, and visit.”