Frankfort came up short in its quest to be an Indiana Stellar Community. This year’s designations went to Bedford and Richmond, instead.
The two cities put forth proposals totaling nearly $20 million each. The state will fund part of those initiatives with a variety of federal and state grants. Private partnerships also are part of the financing.
Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes said even if the city did not receive the funding package from the state, it would still move forward with its projects. Those include:
- Construction of an urban park along Prairie Creek in honor of WWII pilot Adrian Marks
- Streetscape projects for the courthouse square and adjacent roads
- Restoring the Gem City parking garage and downtown storefronts
- Creating a senior housing facility located at a former elementary school