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Ribbon cutting set for East Washington Street project

The first block of the East Washington Street redevelopment project is complete. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday near the Public Square.

By JEFF BROWN - jbrown@shelbynews.com

The first block of a two-part phase to redevelop downtown Shelbyville is complete.

East Washington Street has been under construction throughout the summer of 2019 and into the fall. The section from the downtown Public Square east to Pike Street is now complete, improving the underground sewer lines to widening the sidewalks, adding landscaping and the return of angled parking.

On Wednesday at 11 a.m., there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the redevelopment project that is not yet finished.

Work continues from Pike Street east to Noble Street. That phase of the project is ahead of schedule and is expected to be completed in November. Concrete was being poured Monday for the entranceway into the U.S. Post Office parking area.

Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony is part of the second annual Downtown Development Week, spearheaded by the Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs and organized by Mainstreet Shelbyville. Each of the five days this week has a theme.

Monday’s was “Mindful Monday” with yoga sessions downtown at 8 a.m. and noon.

Today’s theme is “Tasty Tuesday” with special offerings and hours from downtown eateries.

Wednesday is “Washington Wednesday” and includes the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Queen’s Cafe & Dining will be serving lunch along East Washington Street and Bailey and Wood mortgage lender, 37 E. Washington St., Suite 1, will have ice cream sundaes available. Several of the businesses will have open house events during the day.

“Thrifty Thursday” is Thursday’s theme with downtown retailers spotlighted. There will be special deals available and even special hours of operations to accommodate open house events and shoppers.

Friday wraps up the week with “Fantastic Friday.” It’s a day of celebrating Shelbyville’s downtown. Mainstreet Shelbyville will be handing out prizes during the day. Ice cream will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The second phase of downtown redevelopment is scheduled for 2020 when the Public Square will get a change to the traffic pattern and add more greenspace to the downtown area.