BRAZIL, Ind - (WTHI) - At first glance, the city’s newest body of water – and the land around it – might look like a fussy new country club. But the prized, new possession right off Murphy Avenue is not a golf green, the body of water isn’t even a bona fide pond.
"It's not a pond -- we're not going to go fishing or duck hunting here,” Mayor Brian Wyndham joked Thursday afternoon as he showed News 10 what he hopes will be Brazil’s flooding fix.
The man-made retention pond cost $1.9 million, of which the city only had to contribute $500,000 toward, the mayor boasted. And of that city contribution, 100 percent was taken from TIF funds, or tax increment financing; translation: taxpayers aren’t paying a dime toward that cost.
Who picked up the remaining portion of the tab?
"The State, IN-DOT. Indiana Department of Transportation funded the rest of it,” the mayor added.
"This is just the start of things to allow other projects to move forward! You have got to understand this is allowing a $20 million project to happen. So, what's that worth?? And even at that project, what is that project worth to our community?? It's hard to put a number on that! This is our shot at -- our downtown iss going to have a lot more curb appeal,” Mayor Wyndham said.
Curb appeal, the mayor explained that includes new curbs and sidewalks, a transition strip through the middle of town, new streetlights and roads that should all begin going in next spring as part of the US 40 downtown revitalization project INDOT will be spear-heading in 2014.
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