Summer Shines on Downtown

Larry Abrams teasingly asked Mayor Greg York if he had been issued one of those green T-shirts worn by workers at Pridemark Construction at the 1400 Plaza site.

“You should be,” Abrams said. “I’ve seen you up there 100 times.”

Abrams comments came during Wednesday’s meeting of New Castle Redevelopment Commission.

The mayor’s enthusiasm and hands-on approach to projects have finally been rewarded by Mother Nature, as sunny skies have pushed rain clouds away for the next few days. At long last, some paving can begin on the 1400 Plaza project.

“This Saturday, the plaza should like really different,” York told the RDC. “The asphalt is going to be put down in the parking lot Thursday and Friday. That doesn’t mean you’re going to be able to park in it yet. It’s got to set for awhile. Hopefully in July, the Farmer’s Market will move to the plaza, but the parking lot portion should be black by Saturday.”

Adding to the fresh look downtown will be paving on 14th Street. Dave Barker, the city’s director of public works, said Milestone crews are planning to finish streets they’ve been working on in the south side of town by Monday or Tuesday of next week. Then, they hope to roll into 14th Street Tuesday or Wednesday.

“So by this time next week, 14th Street will be done and the parking lot should have the asphalt down,” York said. “Some consistent weather has finally got here and it’s looking really different. I don’t know if you’ve looked at the sidewalks or not, but I really like the sidewalks.”

York called the RDC members attention to the stamped concrete sidewalks that have been completed at 1400 Plaza and said he was pleased with the work.

In other business at Wednesday’s New Castle RDC meeting:

  • New Castle-Henry County EDC Director Corey Murphy reminded everyone the next Fourth Friday is this Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. Food trucks will be available. Downtown businesses are encouraged to be open. Local restaurants will have special offers. “It was a huge success in May,” Murphy said.
  • Mayor York praised everyone involved with the local free concert series. “I’ve got to give kudos to the Arts Park,” the mayor said. “They had a concert this past weekend with Henry Lee Summer. They probably had between 500 and 600 people there. There’s some momentum going on downtown.”

– Story by Darrel Radford ( of The Courier-Times. Read more local stories at

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