Haynie's Corner Next Up on Evansville's Downtown Redvelopment

Published 06/16 2014 05:47PM

Updated 06/16 2014 06:13PM

At one point in time Haynie's Corner did not hold the best reputation, but some who live in the area say that is changing. "Haynie's Corner has evolved and there was a time when you wouldn't come down here. I think unfortunately a lot of people who haven't been down here recently remember that and it's different now." Hilary Braysmith is an Art History Professor at USI and lives near Haynie's Corner. She says she is looking forward to seeing a revitalized neighborhood with walkability and architecture that is consistent with the culture of the Arts District. "I heard the word sustainable and I heard the word green and I think that's the key because that has to be done."

What some would call much needed parking will be added in a now vacant lot between Washington and Adams. The city also wants to expand on the bus transit, biking, and walking trail along Adams and Second Street.

Downtown Evansville will soon have an influx of young adults when the IU Medical School is built. The city plans to make housing construction available for the first time in a long time downtown. "We have an opportunity to build single family new construction homes giving individuals an opportunity to build in downtown Evansville which has not happened in quite some time," said Brownfields Corp. President Kevin Axsom.

The city is also seeking for a contractor to renovate the historic Maybelle and Montrose Apartment buildings as well.

A blank canvas will be created when the former Haynie's Corner Drug Store is demolished. A specific plan is not in place for what to do with the location, but some say it will add a much needed facelift to the arts district and add an extra incentive for medical students to stay in Evansville.

"There has to be cultural amenities for those students and also to retain the doctors once they're here," said Braysmith.

City officials say funding for the projects will mainly come from TIF District funds and federal grants.

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