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Hamilton County / Westfield / Regional News

Westfield's plans just keep getting grander

June 3, 2013

With grand construction projects in the works on either side of U.S. 31 in Westfield, leaders are working on plans for a signature bridge spanning State Road 32 at the heart of the growing city.

Preliminary designs presented to City Council members last month show 100-foot towers at the northwest and southeast edges of the overpass, a key gateway to the community that will become even more important when the state's $600 million U.S. 31 overhaul is complete in 2015.

A few miles northwest of the interchange, crews are busy transforming 400 acres of farmland into the Grand Park Sports Campus, a $42 million city effort to establish Westfield as a hub for youth sports that opens next year (and already drawing a $225 million commercial development in the works nearby). Back in the other direction, the $20 million Grand Junction downtown redevelopment initiative is gaining momentum.

Two years in the making, the so-called "Towers of Westfield" are intended to be a community icon, according to the Indianapolis Star's Dan McFeeley. Early estimates put the towers' total price tag at $750,000 to $2 million, McFeeley's story said. The project would be funded with proceeds of the city's proposed $91 million sale of its water utilities to Citizens Energy.

Check out a PDF of Westfield's work-in-progress plans from the May 13 council meeting, then weigh in: What do you make of the idea?

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