CROWN POINT | Visitors entering the city from Interstate 65 would be greeted with landscaped islands and symbolic towers in plans shown to officials this week.
A roundabout, or circular intersection, was a possibility for the 109th Avenue entry from Interstate 65, in plans shown to the Redevelopment Commission by Taghi Arshami, principal with the development consulting firm The Arsh Group.
The firm was assigned earlier this year to design beauty treatments for both the 109th Avenue and U.S. 231 gateways to the city from I-65, in anticipation of hoped-for economic development and increased traffic at the locations.
The commission will review options in the plan before making a final decision.
The various options' costs weren't discussed, and no timeline for a decision was given. Redevelopment dollars would be used to fund the work.
Towers and sign posts set at key points at both entrances incorporate either a traditional design in red brick or a modern revival look in concepts presented by the firm.
Landscaped islands surrounding the 109th Avenue interchange combine trees, shrubs, wildflowers and other plants for a multicolored effect.
The 109th Avenue interchange opened in September 2010 to give the city its second access point, along with U.S. 231, to I-65. The interstate is a major north-south carrier of cross country traffic.
Mayor David Uran had urged attention to the two key entrances.
Arshami said earlier that entry points to a community are important because they create a sense of arrival.
"They identify a community and give it a sense of place," he said.