Georgia– Douglasville is focused on redeveloping the north side of its downtown area. The study area is bounded by Mill Creek, Malone Road, Huey Road, Strickland Street and Cedar Mountain Road. One project getting attention is the old Douglas County Jail, which the city purchased last year for $850,000. After a meeting to solicit public feedback on city development last week, the city has considered requesting public-private partnerships to redevelop the older areas of the city. In the current model of the city’s Master Plan, the jail site is considered Phase I.
The old jail building would be demolished, and the space would be used as a green space with an amphitheater and retail shopping. A timeline for the jail project will be released in the coming weeks. The city expects to invest $1 million in special-purpose local-option sales tax funds in community development over the next few years.
Connecticut– The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has considered adding a new train station near Wall Street. For decades, the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad operated a train station at 47 Wall St. The train station is long gone, but the building and railroad tracks beneath the building remain in use. Bringing a train station back to the Wall Street area required approval by the CTDOT and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which oversee operation of Metro-North Railroad.
The Wall Street Neighborhood Association formed this spring to offer the city help and input on restarting the stalled redevelopment project known as Wall Street Place. The neighborhood association has proposed a public-private partnership for the project which would add a stop to the city-owned Mechanic Street parking lot. The State Bond Commission has approved $275,000 to study such a station. The project would include construction of a sidewalk and installing of lighting in the lot alongside the Metro-North’s Danbury Line tracks. The new stop would be the fifth in the area.
Georgia– The University System of Georgia has released a request for qualified concessionaires (RFQC) to measure the interest level in expanding a student housing privatization initiative that was launched three years ago. Responses for the RFQC are due by June 1 to see if the program could be implemented at seven additional campuses across the state. System officials expect to pre-qualify up to four concessionaires to take part in a detailed request for proposals (RFP) process.
The system is looking for a developer to design, build, finance, operate and maintain housing with more than 12,000 beds at five institutions, of which nearly 1,400 would be new beds or beds in renovated facilities. In addition, the concessionaire would operate and maintain nearly 3,300 existing beds at three institutions. Schools selected for the expansion include Albany State University, Savannah State University, the University of West Georgia in Carrollton and Valdosta State University.
Indiana– Indiana and the Environmental Protection Agency plan to leverage $436 million in public loans into an even larger private capital investment to modernize Indiana’s aging water infrastructure. The federal government will provide around $30 million for wastewater projects and an estimated $12 million in drinking water projects. Hammond is one of several cities receiving funding in the amount of $67.5 million to increase the capacity of its sewer system. The city of Crown Point will receive $19.3 million and East Chicago $14.1 million.
Most of Indiana’s pipes were installed after World War II, though some still in use date back to the 1890s. Many of the pipes are made of lead or other metals that are corroded due to age. Indiana has more than 46,000 miles of water pipes operated by community water systems that serve 72 percent of the state’s population.