STATEHOUSE—State Representative Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis), congratulates the Town of Plainfield for receiving an Indiana Main Street Award.
Recently, Lt. Gov. Skillman recognized the town for winning the 2011 Indiana Main Street Best Design of Downtown Public Improvements Award. The town of Plainfield completed a streetscape project in the heart of the community, as well as rehabilitating 15 historic commercial facades.
“Downtown Plainfield is truly a local treasure, especially after the many historic sites have been rehabilitated,” said Rep. Behning. “I am immensely pleased that the Lt. Gov. has awarded the Town of Plainfield this prestigious award.”
“These improvements made downtown Plainfield more visually appealing, a safer place for people to walk around and have spurred economic activity,” said Rep. Behning.
Since the project’s completion, six businesses have relocated into the newly renovated buildings with more expected to follow. Before this project, the Town Center had a 40 percent vacancy rate. The vacancy rate has dramatically decreased since the renovation.
“A vibrant and thriving downtown enhances the life of all residences and significantly helps the local economy,” said Rep. Behning. “The Town of Plainfield made a good decision to invest in our community.”
The Indiana Main Street program has worked with local communities to restore and revitalize downtowns for almost 30 years. Their success lies in their ability to bring local business leaders, government officials and citizens together to create a positive change in the community.