Residents of Huntingburg got the opportunity to look more closely at plans for the city’s future.

Last night, an open house was held for residents to see the plans for Huntingburg that could come to fruition should the city receive the ‘Stellar Communities’ designation from the state. 8 different projects were on exhibition and these included redevelopment of the former St. Joseph’s hospital into senior housing units, a 3 phase Heritage Trail, and a downtown park area among others.

Huntingburg mayor Denny Spinner says having everything available for the public to see is another move forward:

Spinner says the city is set to put its application for the Stellar Communities program today. He says the city has learned a lot from other communities that have gotten the Stellar Communities designation. These included Greencastle, Delphi, Princeton, and Bedford.

The selection committee will look at applications from all of the communities that sent in applications. Finalists for the stellar communities designation will be announced in March and finalist communities will then have to send in a strategic investment plan. The selection committee then visits and evaluates each of the finalist communities and 2 of those are chosen to be “Stellar Communities.”

Now Huntingburg is not the only community in the area applying for the Stellar Communities designation. Jasper is also applying for the designation as is the city of Loogootee in Martin County.