The image is from the April 2022 Pictometry module of the Monroe County online property lookup system.
A gravel path across the top of Griffy dam, including staircase access and safety fencing, with an estimated cost of $375,000, now has approval in concept as a Bloomington redevelopment commission project.
The unanimous vote by the five-member Bloomington RDC came at the group’s regular meeting on Monday. No expenditure of funds was approved with Monday’s vote.
It’s currently possible for hikers to get across the dam by going through a fence, Bloomington parks operations manager Tim Street told the RDC. But the new path will “formalize” the crossing and in places improve the aesthetics of chain link with cedar split rail fence.
At its Monday meeting, Bloomington’s redevelopment commission (RDC) approved a relatively small increase of about $8,000 to the $4.9-million budget of a project that will rebuild 1st Street.
The street reconstruction is set to start construction sometime in 2023.
Even though that’s more than a year away, the event that’s motivating the street work is less than a month down the road.
The street reconstruction is part of a redevelopment plan for the 24-acre IU Health hospital site on 2nd Street, which the city of Bloomington will be taking over from the health care provider as part of a $6.5 million real estate deal.