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The Stellar Communities program is a multi-agency partnership between Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and the Indiana Department of Transportation, is designed to fund comprehensive community development projects in Indiana’s smaller communities.

Stellar Communities has been recognized nationally as a premier community development program when it received the 2012 President's Award for Innovation from the Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA).

STELLAR 2013

BEDFORD
Bedford’s proposal centers on their downtown area and includes improved gateways, murals, streetscapes and parking as well as the addition of a Limestone Trail, façade renovations and downtown business development.

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RICHMOND
Richmond’s proposal includes positively enhancing the quality of life through the addition of senior housing, owner occupied rehabilitation, improved sidewalks and bike trails, as well as downtown façade, second and third story living options and downtown Wi-Fi.

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STELLAR 2012

DELPHI
Delphi’s proposal included connectivity enhancements through trail projects, façade improvements for downtown buildings, the creation of a pedestrian-friendly downtown by incorporating new streetscapes, lighting and on-street parking, the restoration and expansion of the Delphi Opera House, the rehabilitation of owner-occupied housing in downtown neighborhoods, the creation of railroad quiet zones,  and the development of affordable downtown loft-style housing options.

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PRINCETON
Princeton’s proposal included the conversion of a parking lot into a downtown park, the creation of a pedestrian-friendly downtown by improving streetscapes, sidewalks, alleyways and parking, the development of affordable senior housing, the restoration of the Princeton Theatre into a live performing arts venue, façade improvements for buildings on the historic Courthouse Square and the development of affordable downtown loft-style housing options.

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STELLAR 2011

GREENCASTLE
Greencastle’s proposal included improvements to building facades, streetscapes, parking solutions and wayfinding in the downtown district; the development of affordable downtown loft-style housing options and owner-occupied rehabilitation in a near-downtown neighborhood; Improvements to the local quality of life including a new community health center, a trail, partnership with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and a technology hub/Wi-fi bubble in the commercial district.

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NORTH VERNON
North Vernon’s original proposal included the redevelopment of a brownfield site, the restoration of a Carnegie Library, a train depot renovation, a downtown streetscape project, owner-occupied home repair in a near-downtown neighborhood, the construction of a pedestrian-friendly downtown plaza space, and mixed-use development.

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RESOURCES

Stellar Communities 2014 Submitted Letters of Interest
Stellar Communities 2014 Press Release Announcing Six Finalists

CONTACTS

For more information about the Stellar Communities Designation Program, please contact your Real Estate Production Analyst or Carmen Lethig, Real Estate Production Manager at 317.234.6290.

Real Estate Production Analyst Map

Real Estate Production Analyst Map by Region