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A group consisting of local leaders and citizens whos mission is dedicated to renewing, growing, and promoting downtown New Castle by stimulating economic growth and fostering community pride while preserving our unique history. City Council recently approved funding for $24,000 in riverboat money to hire Vandewalle & Associates to help conduct a downtown action plan. This plan will help identify what actions/improvements the community can take to support the success of the Jennings project and other private investments downtown.


An advisory committee has been formed to create bicycle/pedestrian routes throughout the City of New Castle. Once finalized, the goal will be to connect the routes through our parks, schools, neighborhoods, and many business locations. This will better enhance the transportation for the citizens who are walking and bicycling.


The City of New Castle is in the process of constructing a new storm sewer for the north end of the city. In an agreement with the State of Indiana, we have a fifteen year plan-Our Long Term Control Plan (LTCP)-to reduce or eliminate overflows of sewage in the Big Blue River and its tributaries. The overflows are caused by too much water entering the combined sewer system when storms roll through. The city is building this new sewer to eliminate the storm water in the combined system and reduce the overflows. This is a large project starting west of N. 12th Street and continuing East through easements, Woodward Ave, N. 18th Street, and Spring Street ending at N. 26th Street. Once that area is completed, the next phase of this project will begin at Cherry Street to 11th Street.This project will take over a year to construct. The inconvenience to residents along this path during construction, will be frustrating at times, but is necessary to meet our commitments for the Long Term Control Plan. The City of New Castle will make every effort to minimize the problems for residents, but at times you can expect, among other things, dust, rough roads, heavy equipment, noise, and parking trouble. These conditions are unavoidable and we ask for patience and understanding while the construction is occurring. In the end the streets and affected yards will be returned to a nicer condition than before, and the environment will benefit from cleaner water.      


MKM Architecture & Design has been commissioned by the City of New Castle to provide a comprehensive Housing Needs Analysis. They are focusing on our current housing stock, and demographic projections to determine our future housing needs. MKM will advise us on future housing needs and development strategies to enhance livability throughout the community.



The City of New Castle with invaluable work of ICAP, recently secured funds from the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority to facilitate the demolition of dilapidated houses in neighborhoods throughout the City and in to the County. This program is designed to eliminate the "worst of the worst" and return the property to productive use in the community. This will stabilize property values and enhance the quality of the affected neighborhoods.


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