New Albany Housing Authority Master Plan

New Albany Housing Authority Master Plan

New Albany, IN

Housing Authority Master Plan

Faced with aging infrastructure and a location isolated from adjacent neighborhoods, HWC helped New Albany re-envision over 600 units of public housing. HWC’s design featured an inclusive and vibrant neighborhood plan that was walkable with an interconnected street grid to surrounding neighborhoods. The design also incorporated green infrastructure, generous community playgrounds, gardens, trails, and open space.

2021 APA-IN Award Winner – Best Practice Honorable Mention

Rushville Stellar Communities

Rushville Stellar Communities

Rushville, IN

Rushville Stellar Communities

Following the completion of their Rushville Comprehensive Plan, the city turned to HWC to craft their Stellar Communities Strategic Investment Plan.  HWC led the planning and management process to identify community projects and associated cost estimates, as well as project schedules.  This planning effort resulted in the implementation of a wide range of quality-of-life investments totaling nearly $18.0 million.  Projects included Flatrock Run Trail, downtown streetscape enhancements, homeowner repair program, and improvements to the Riverside and Overlook Parks.  Overall, $117 million has been invested in the community as a result of the Stellar program.

Aurora Riverfront Vision Plan

Aurora Riverfront Vision Plan

Aurora, IN

Riverfront Vision Plan

Since Aurora’s downtown is located within a floodplain, this small community along the Ohio River was ineligible for a number of state or federal grants. As a result, the city turned to HWC to develop strategies to revitalize the riverfront and adjacent downtown without relying on grant funding.  HWC created the Riverfront Vision Plan which focused on “lighter, quicker and cheaper” short-term strategies highlighting the unique features of downtown Aurora.  The plan also included mid-term goals for new riverfront public spaces to attract residents downtown.

Crawfordsville Stellar Communities

Crawfordsville Stellar Communities

Crawfordsville, IN

Crawfordsville Stellar Communities

Facing a distinct decline in the number of professionals living in the community and an aging population, the City of Crawfordsville needed to focus on its quality of life amenities to reverse these trends. Community leaders hired HWC to facilitate planning efforts to prepare a Stellar Communities Strategic Investment Plan. HWC led the planning and management process to identify community projects and associated cost estimates, as well as project schedules. This planning effort resulted in a wide range of quality-of-life investments totaling approximately $16.0 million. Projects included the Fusion 54 Business Incubator, new multi-use trails, homeowner repair program, and the adaptive reuse of the Ben-Hur Building.

North Vernon Stellar Communities

North Vernon Stellar Communities

North Vernon, IN

North Vernon Stellar Communities

Following completion of their comprehensive plan, the state of Indiana launched a pilot program for Stellar Communities.  Seeing it as a way to jump start implementation of their new plan, the city retained HWC to craft their Stellar Strategic Investment Plan.  North Vernon was selected as a first year Stellar Communities designee, leading to $12.8 million in investment in the community.  Projects included the Muscatatuck Trail, downtown streetscape enhancements (including Stellar Plaza), homeowner repair program, and restoration of the historic Carnegie Library into City Hall.