Shopping center off I-65 in Scottsburg, Ind. expected to open July 2016
SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- More clothing stores and a nice sit-down restaurant are what Scottsburg, Indiana residents are hoping to see in their community and they may not have to wait very long.
A proposed 17,000 square foot shopping center would be located off I-65 on State Road 56.
The Scottsburg exit off the interstate is the entrance to the community -- the first thing people see. For many the first thing they see isn’t too appealing. That could soon change as the Coots Development Group plans to build the new shopping center where two cracked cement lots now stand.
“It's a very small town, but we don't have much to offer. With this being on the interstate I think something like that would bring in a little bit more funds,” Scottsburg resident Caitlyn Hargett said.
“I think it will be good for our community and I think it will help kind of draw in more people,” Scottsburg resident Peggy Nunley said.
Scottsburg Mayor Bill Graham says he's been working to recycle the deserted-looking properties.
“It will be replacing two service stations that had been closed for quite a while,” Mayor Graham said.
Coots has not said what stores will be included in the shopping center, except that 5,000 square feet will be dedicated to a restaurant. Those living in Scottsburg are quick to say what they would like to see.
“Probably some other clothing stores besides Walmart,” Hargett said.
“I think a really good steak house would be great for our community,” Nunley said.
“Anything but Mexican, we have like three Mexican restaurants in this town. We don't need another,” Hargett said.
Mayor Graham says the new downtown bridge over the Ohio River will help Scottsburg grow and it’s already starting.
“I think this is a sign that is going to happen. I think other people feel like we will grow also,” Mayor Graham said.
Coots has plans for a fast-track time line, which could be a challenge in getting the correct permits. Mayor Graham says developers hope to have the shopping center open July of 2016.
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