By Beth Taylor
Two neighborhoods off of 96th Street will be the first to receive neighborhood infrastructure repairs to sidewalks, asphalt and curbs. Work on the Roxbury and The Pines neighborhoods, both established in the mid-1980s, will begin in late spring.
“Our strategy can’t just be about development to the north and to the east, so part of our strategy has to be about making sure what we already have is in good shape,” said Mayor Scott Fadness.”
Fadness said that maintaining the value of homes in Fishers is key to the city’s long term financial sustainability. He also said that the neighborhood updates will work in tandem with the updates on the commercial portion of the 96th Street corridor revitalization. “The 96th Street initiative is well under way,” he said.
The Sunblest, Sunblest Countryview and The Orchard neighborhoods will receive similar updates later this summer. As part of the Keep Fishers Beautiful initiative, the city plans to help with some work on older homes, possibly providing assistance for home repairs to senior citizens.
“Some residents in the western part of our community have said that they felt like Fishers left them behind,” said Fadness. “As the downtown redevelops, this area could become a unique place in the city with good, well-built homes and mature trees.”
“We’re fighting a war on two fronts. We are focusing on key growth areas, but we’re investing back into our older neighborhoods as well,” he said. It’s important to make sure every part of our community is vibrant, not just the newest and the shiniest.”
The city is also investing in the community’s parks. Holland Park received a half million dollar update last year; a splash pad is coming this summer. Harrison Thompson Park and Heritage Meadows will each receive a new playground.
Fadness wants to avoid having Fishers face the same plight as the once-vibrant Castleton area. “Chief Kehl and I have spent a lot of time talking about keeping crime south of 96th Street,” said Fadness. “We’re going to be proactive rather than reactive.”