On Tuesday, Indianapolis city staff and planning team members collected public input on the Castleton Strategic Revitalization Plan — including the possibility of connecting the Nickel Plate Trail to downtown Fishers and Indianapolis.
Residents in attendance voted for different ideas on their phones, and the plan to extend that trail was popular. Brad Beaubien with the Department of Metropolitan Development for Indianapolis says a goal of the plan is to keep Castleton a competitive retail location.
“How do we connect the trail to the front door of Castleton Square Mall proper, and how do we provide a different experience, so you’re not just coming here to buy something, you’re actually coming here to experience, to spend an evening,” Baeubien says.
Other popular plans are more green space and better walkways. More than 50 people attended the meeting and visited stations after the presentation. Activities included redesigning 82nd Street with an interactive map, and people could submit their own ideas for the future of Castleton.
The planning stage is still in progress. More public meetings will be held in the fall. The Castleton Strategic Revitalization Plan will be finished by the end of the year.