Have you seen the transformation taking place along the Millrace Canal in downtown Goshen? The Redevelopment Commission, city leaders and the Millrace Advisory Committee had a vision to clean up the blight along the Millrace Canal and encourage redevelopment that improves primacy of place as well as increases property values. As Goshen's civil engineer, I have had the honor of serving on the Millrace Advisory Committee as well as preparing the infrastructure for development.
it started with the powerhouse
Transformation was first started with the rehabilitation of the Millrace Powerhouse and patio complete with pervious pavers and a sculpture by internationally-known Goshen-based sculptor, John Mishler.
This historic powerhouse building used to generate electricity for Goshen and neighboring cities as far away as Syracuse and Bremen, Indiana. Now it is utilized for gatherings on the patio or in the building, such as the First Fridays Green Day 5K.
The Goshen Brewing Company has received a welcomed reception since moving into the old NIPSCO building located at 315 W. Washington St. and rehabbed by Zehr Construction. Jesse and Amanda Sensenig have turned an eyesore into such an attractive and inviting micro-brewery!
hawks furniture building
The former Hawks Furniture Building has undergone partial transformation. The Redevelopment Commission partnered with LaCasa, Inc. and restored the old building into 35 beautiful live-work lofts for artists and entrepreneurs, aptly named The Hawks. Rehabilitation was done by DJ Construction. This building is absolutely beautiful, and ingenuous in its repurposing of the facility. While many in the community thought that this building should be torn down, others had a dream to restore it to its former glory.
311 W. Douglas St. Home
Local developers, J.C. and Katharine Schrock, are revitalizing the historic home at 313 S. Third St. Katharine plans to relocate her counseling office into the building along with other tenants providing holistic health care.
Townhomes & Cohousing
The property just south of The Hawks was formerly the site of a rubber company and went through brownfield cleanup a few years ago. Two developers have expressed interest in the vacant land, and each will have their opportunity to construct residential homes/townhouses along the Millrace Canal.
Mr. David Matthews will be constructing townhouses along the Millrace Canal from Purl Street north to Madison Street, and Mr. Richard Miller's Group will be constructing single family residential homes from Douglas Street to Purl Street for a co-housing neighborhood. Stay tuned and keep your watchful eye on this stretch of the Millrace Canal during 2016!
collaboration & teamwork
All of these projects have involved the collaboration and partnerships of many people. As your civil engineer, I am so honored to be working alongside such talented individuals and groups.
Mary Cripe for Mayor 2015