Fountain Square getting a new fountain

September 4, 2009
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Fountain Square is getting a new fountain in a project that’s been in the works for more than a decade. Work on the $650,000 in improvements will begin next week with the removal of the Pioneer Family sculpture that sits atop the current fountain. The new fountain will feature a reproduction of the original Lady Spray statue that watched over the original fountain. The old statue will be moved to GarfieldPark for now but will return to the Fountain Square neighborhood in a later phase of the project. Southeast Neighborhood Development, or SEND, is sponsoring a kick-off celebration for the work at 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Shelbi Street Café & Bistro Lounge.

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  • Great news for FS! Cory, what happened to the RSS Feed?
  • I, of course, will be there.
  • [No title]
    Benjamin: Your guess is as good as mine. I've alerted our web folks. It's also frustrating that the comments don't appear
    in the order they were made! Hopefully we'll get all these issues fixed soon.
  • When is the estimated date of completion?
  • The project will be completed by November 23 of this year. Look for the fountain to show up sometime in mid-October
  • I think the design is very thoughtful, which doesn't always happen with TE projects because of the number of people that have to be involved. Very good job by Eric Fulford.

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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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