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Friday, June 21, 2024

Work in Progress: An Update on Area Developments

From Downtown Evansville to Warrick County, major developments are coming to the region

Southwest Indiana is on the precipice of visible change.

In May, the region was shown design concepts that dramatically alter 50 miles of Ohio River shoreline, bringing enhancements to Downtown Evansville as well as Newburgh and Mount Vernon, Indiana. Progress is being made, too, on the long-discussed Interstate 69 bridge connection. Residents also will finally soon see construction activities on the Downtown site of the former Old National Bank tower, as well as at the University of Evansville and in western Warrick County, where an indoor sports complex is expected to open in 2025.

Here’s a look at what’s in store for the Evansville area, both short-term and long-term.

The Riverfront
Full implementation could take many years, even decades. But Southwestern Indiana officials say the Ohio River shoreline in Downtown Evansville, and extending east to Newburgh and west to Mount Vernon, is in for a transformation.

The Vault
It’s taken far longer than anyone anticipated, but multiple local officials say construction activities are about to begin on the vacant Main Street block where the 18-story Old National Bank office tower was imploded in November 2021.

Warrick County sports complex
Plans for this multi-sport and events complex have changed, but designs are being finalized.

University of Evansville
UE has a major capital project near completion: Lincoln Commons, a four-story residence hall for 123 upperclassmen at Lincoln and Weinbach avenues. Plus, a new clubhouse was just announced following a major alumni donation.

Interstate 69 bridge
The top transportation priority of bi-state officials for decades, the Interstate 69 bridge project connecting Evansville and Henderson, Kentucky, is underway on the Kentucky side. This summer, ground will break on the Indiana side of the approach.

EDGE of the Lakes
A major multi-use project has been announced for Boonville, Indiana, but information remains scant to area officials, even to organizations whose mission is to recruit outside investment for Southwestern Indiana.

Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen is the managing editor of Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines.

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