Crawford site still on radar

The purchase of the former Crawford store property on South Washington Street is still on the radar of city officials. 

The original purchase agreement deadline is fast approaching, so the Crawfordsville Board of Public Works and Safety renewed the agreement at Wednesday’s meeting. The extension should allow the city enough time to complete the purchase, city attorney Kent Minnette said.

The property was originally going to be the site of a new Fusion 54 building, a part of the Stellar project. However, the city purchased the PNC Bank building instead and will convert it for the Fusion 54 group.

Plans for the empty lot on South Washington include green space and a trail head for the eventual downtown trail.

Mayor Todd Barton previously announced the purchase of the bank building on the corner of Main and Washington streets would save the city money, thus allowing money to be placed into other Stellar projects. 

Barton added that leases with existing tenants are being scrutinized. He expects most tenants to be out of the building by the end of the year. The bank will remain on the first floor.

City parks and recreation director Fawn Johnson received approval to close roads near Milligan Park for Tuesday’s fireworks. Johnson said the closures are the same as in the past years and are only closed as the city’s Fourth of July event is concluding. 

The closures are to help direct traffic flow as people leave the park, Johnson said.

The board approved a payment of $792,350 to Bowen Engineering for work completed on the new sewage project. The funds will come from the previously acquired State Revolving Loan Fund.

The board also agreed to forgive a total of $7,121 in past due utility bills. Kiley Cornelius, an employee from the clerk-treasurer’s office, said the accounts dated as far back as 2010 and were in small amounts. Barton said the individual amounts are below the amount that would benefit the city placing liens on the property due to the cost of the legal action.