By Anna Skinner
Until the Grand Junction Plaza is installed, there will be construction around downtown Westfield, possibly affecting local merchants. To combat the possible loss of business, Teresa Skelton, executive director of the Downtown Westfield Association, took the lead in creating four signs to be installed around the downtown area.
The signs promote dining, parking and downtown, and point drivers in the right direction.
“It needed to happen. We want our merchants to be successful, and we have a huge construction zone down there. That’s the initial push,” Skelton said. “I also hear people bring up about parking all the time, and I think that it’s important to know we have public parking all over the place.”
The signs are at Park and Poplar streets; Ind. 32 and Mill Street; Union and Park streets; and Ind. 32 and Poplar Street. The arrows on the signs are able to be changed. Three of the signs point drivers toward dining, parking and downtown options, and one sign – on Park and Poplar streets – informs residents of the merchants in the construction area.
“I had raving reviews from the people on Park Street. They were very happy and very grateful that we did that,” Skelton said.
Skelton said that once Grand Junction Plaza is finished, the signs will likely change.
“There will be more permanent signs with more specifics on them, but we didn’t want to get too nailed down on that because we hope to have more merchants and more dining. Things change,” she said. “I think (the signs) will help with construction. That was the big push to try to get people (out).”
For more, visit westfield.in.gov.