After receiving the estimates for turning the Blight Elimination Project lots on Sixth Street into parking, the Brookville Redevelopment Commission may be moving in a different direction.

At the April 19 BRC meeting, estimates to turn the lots into parking came in at around $55,000. Because of the price, and the cost to maintain the property, there was discussion about selling the lots instead of developing it. Because the property is owned by the redevelopment commission, they can ask for proposals on how to develop it and how much an interested party would pay to own the property.

BRC president Todd Thackery said he had talked to both G2 Apparel and Korners Kountry Kitchen and there was interest. They would be able to put certain stipulations on the property. The board expressed interested in obtaining more information on how to sell the property.

The sidewalks to school project is still in motion. The state released funds for right of way acquisitions. The majority of the $219,000 grant, plus the BRC's match of $43,800, is going towards those right of way acquisitions. Phase two will likely require additional funding, but is still unclear.

Thackery briefly touched on the economic development priority projects such as the south end storm sewer infrastructure. The first phase was completed from Schirmer’s to the feed mill. Phase two is to support development of properties between first street and U.S. 52. There is no current timeline on completion.

There was a little discussion on possible future residential Tax Increment Financing districts to encourage residential development. Thackery said this is a key in future economic development and there may be some opportunities coming up.

The Brookville Façade Grant Program is still open and as of the meeting, there were no new applications.

The next BRC meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 17 at 6 p.m.