Metropolis Mall Trail Now Open
The .64 mile Metropolis Mall Trail is now complete. Extending from Southfield Drive on the south to Metropolis Parkway on the north, the trail includes the pedestrian tunnel beneath S.R. 267 near the former Lincoln Bank headquarters. Parks Director Clay Chafin noted that “this newest trail section is part of an overall 20-mile network of pathways and sidewalks that make it easier and safer for residents and visitors to enjoy Plainfield on foot or bicycle.”
Utilizing the pedestrian tunnel, users can head north across the Stafford Road/Quaker Blvd. intersection toward Metropolis Lifestyle Center. For more information about this new trail, contact Chafin at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 839-7665, ext. 523. To download a PDF version of the Trails & Parks Guide, visit www.townofplainfield.com, click on Parks & Recreation, then select Parks & Trails.
Historical District Slated for Review
The area bounded by Mill, East, Lincoln and Ash Streets will be reviewed early next year for possible designation as a “National Register of Historic Places Historical District.” According to Plainfield's Director of Planning and Zoning Joe James, the Ratio Architects study proposing that designation will be reviewed in January by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources State Historic Preservation Office.
James noted that the designation would result in the district and contributing homes being listed with the National Register of Historic Places. “Property owners would be eligible for tax credits and deductions for property improvements that comply with Secretary of Interior standards for rehabilitation,” James stated. He noted that such improvements would not have to go before a Historic Preservation Committee as is the case when a local historic district is created. “The Historical District designation is also important to the Town,” James added, “because it shows that we are serious about preserving our historic structures.” For more information about the Historical District study, contact James at email@example.com or at 839-2561.
Town Center Project Moving Forward
Plainfield's Town Center development program has made significant progress in recent months. “For one thing, the program area now has an official name,” reported the Planning and Zoning Department's Jill Sprague. “The area will be known as Historic Plainfield Town Center (HPTC).” Sprague stated that by-laws have been drafted and approved by the program's Board of Directors. The by-laws establish the Board as well as committees for Organization, Design, Economic Restructuring, and Promotions. Sprague noted that “this is an exciting time for HPTC to plan and be ready to hit the ground running once all [area road] construction is complete next fall.”
To volunteer for a committee or learn more about Historic Plainfield Town Center, contact Sprague at firstname.lastname@example.org or 839-2561 ext. 216. The program also has a blog at http //pfmainstreet.wordpress.com/ that provides updated meeting information and other news.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner Planned
The Fourth Annual Plainfield Community Thanksgiving Dinner is planned for Thursday, November 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Guilford Township Community Center. The dinner, which will be free to all community residents, is again being coordinated by members of the Plainfield Christian Church. Seated dining and carry-out dinners will be available. Delivery can also be arranged. For more information, contact event organizer (and professional chef) Bryan Agan at 839-2407 or at email@example.com.
The phone number for fall leaf pickup information was incorrect in last month's Water Line. The correct number is 839-3490. We apologize for any inconvenience