DDA Streetscape project 2020

From Township Supervisor Ridley, July 7, 2020:

"We held the pre-construction meeting last week and construction will begin on Monday, July 13.

The project will be separated into four phases of approximately three weeks each. The first phase begins at the north west corner of River St. and Straits Hwy (Berkshire Hathaway) and goes past the Straitsland Resorter building.

The second phase is Drost's to Citizens Bank.

The third phase is Pulte Corner (M-68 and Straits Hwy) to Martha St.

The last phase is Martha St. to River St.

Each phase will be completed before moving onto the next. I'm sure there will be work in other sections but the plan is to finish one phase at a time before moving on. Again, all businesses will retain access unless there is wet concrete at the entrance or there is electrical work that requires a safe zone.

I will continue to update because I'm sure things will change as we get into it."

DDA approves borrowing $1.75 million for Streetscape

In a special meeting on Thursday, Aug. 6 the Tuscarora Township Downtown Development Authority (DDA) approved borrowing $1.75 million from the USDA Rural Development program to fund a majority of the downtown streetscape project currently being constructed in Indian River.

The loan will be at 40 years at 2.25 percent interest. Annual payments will be $66,000 and will begin in 2021. The loan can be paid back early.

The DDA is funded by a portion of property taxes paid in the DDA district, which includes the down area on Straits Highway and also extends along the highway north and south of town and out east M-68 to the industrial park.

The streetscape project, which will build new sidewalks on both sides of the street, along with new streetlights and pavement and will also reduce the number of utility line crossings began last month and will be completed this fall.