Goshen News, Goshen, IN

May 9, 2013

Millrace projects threaten a Goshen gem


— The city of Goshen is in the 11th hour for the five Redevelopment Commission members to hear the voices of its residents concerning the millrace redevelopment proposals at its next meeting at 4 p.m. on May 14. I’m concerned about the scale of the buildings proposed by the Matthews team. The scale for the Miller proposal would respect and be similar to what exists along Third Street.

For comparison: the Hawks Building is 33-feet high along the Millrace and 306-feet long (north to south). The Matthews proposal calls for a row of three-story townhouses that would be 44-feet high and would stretch more than four times as long (1,250-feet) for two blocks between Monroe and Douglas streets.

This towering wall would impact the Shanklin Park Millrace Neighborhood as well as all users of the millrace trail. Is this what Goshen wants for the next 100 years?

Please visit the city’s website at www.goshenindiana.org/content/redevelopment to review copies of the full proposals and see the townhome elevations (one of six clusters) for human scale, and note the tiny pedestrians on the sidewalks. Let’s respect the neighborhood and keep Goshen’s gem within human scale.

— Ned Kauffman

Goshen