Revitalization beckons in downtown Bargersville

Visitors to downtown Bargersville would be able to pick through fresh tomatoes at a farmer’s market, dine at a family restaurant or hop on a dinner train under a new proposal.

A long-term development plan recently approved by the town’s plan commission calls for

downtown revitalization. Downtown Bargersville has the potential to become a place that people could visit in the evening or on the weekends, and that could draw in out-of-town visitors, said consultant Jackie Turner with Ratio Architects.

The consulting firm developed a long-term development plan for the town that calls for recruiting new businesses downtown, encouraging more investment and beautifying the area with more green space.

The town could try to attract one or more new restaurants, establish a downtown group, pursue grant funding for various improvements, bring back a dinner train that was discontinued in 2001 and possibly set up a tax-increment financing district that would keep local property tax dollars in the area, according to the plan.

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