DYER | The Dyer Redevelopment Commission will pursue another route to install a sidewalk between the Castlewood subdivision and the Walgreens on U.S. 30.
The commission appropriated another $21,900 with its agreement with engineer W. Dennis Cobb, who has been working with the commission on the proposed sidewalk.
The project would be funded by a Safe Routes to School grant and serve as a walking route along U.S. 30 for Kahler Middle School students and other pedestrians.
When Cobb discovered there is not enough right of way immediately in front of Meyers Castle and the entrance to Castlewood, the commission recommended the right turn lane into Castlewood be removed so that area could be used.
Castlewood residents were strongly opposed to the removal, and the Town Council sided with residents.
Rather than leave the decision up to the Indiana Department of Transportation, the commission abandoned that idea.
Instead, the commission will seek to buy a small amount of property from Meyer’s Castle, upon which the five-foot sidewalk would be built.
The plan will require two appraisals and some additional money from the commission, but President Jethroe Smith said Dyer’s past good relationship with the castle’s owners will help smooth the process.
The sidewalk will have to be reconfigured around a monument and pillar and along a parking area at the Castlewood entrance, Cobb said.
Because the castle property is on the National Register of Historic Places, the town would have to abide by strict guidelines while building anything there.
The Safe Routes grant is worth $250,000, so commissioners say their expenditures — $53,800 so far — are money well-spent.
The new sidewalk also fits into the commission’s plan to make U.S. 30 more pedestrian-friendly.