As is the case with many small county seats in Indiana, Boonville’s Courthouse Square is home to small local businesses and restaurants. New commercial developments outside of the city limits, however, meant the number of people coming to downtown for shopping or recreation was decreasing. The goal of the Downtown Revitalization Plan was to increase the vitality of the downtown and Courthouse Square by focusing on its rich history, beautifying the streetscape, and making downtown an attractive destination for Boonville residents and visitors.
Boonville selected Lochmueller Group to work with city officials, community leaders, and citizens to develop a Downtown Revitalization Plan. The plan was prepared using grant money through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and was developed by:
- Gathering historical demographic information
- Performing an inventory to analyze current demographic, market, and physical conditions
- Hosting visioning sessions with citizens to create goals and objectives
- Developing preliminary and final designs for downtown beautification projects, including implementation, funding, and phasing strategies
The final planning effort resulted in a prioritized list of projects including schematic drawings, project details, design standards, estimated costs, funding sources, phasing, and local responsibility.
Since completion of the plan, a non-profit organization called Boonville Now was formed to raise funds and work at completing projects. A new welcome sign was placed on the west side of Boonville just beyond downtown soon after. The City has also secured funds to raze three buildings along the Courthouse Square that are structurally deficient. These buildings will be replaced with a small pocket park that will provide gathering space.