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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 1:00 am

Warsaw plan calls for crowdfunding

Journal Gazette

Kosciusko County officials are engaged in a crowdfunding campaign to help finance a new gathering spot in downtown Warsaw.

The campaign is sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and offered through the online crowdfunding platform developed by Patronicity. 

Money raised will allow the county to install a plaza on the courthouse lawn at Center and Buffalo streets.

The plaza will be built with brick pavers and includes picnic tables. Landscaping will help it fit with updates occurring along Buffalo Street.

If the campaign reaches its $30,000 goal by Nov. 9, the courthouse plaza will receive a matching grant of $30,000 from the state’s CreatINg Places program.

“The courthouse lawn is a popular gathering place in downtown Warsaw,” Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch said in a news release Tuesday. “However, with the addition of stamped concrete, tables and landscaping, this space will transform (much like the Warsaw Alley did last year) into a comfortable meeting place for residents and visitors.”

John Warren, market president for Old National Bank, said the handicapped-accessible courthouse plaza will be “a focal point of our downtown district for years to come.”

Since the CreatINg Places program began last fall, projects have raised more than $1.62 million in public funds and an additional $1.38 million in matching state funds.

Eligible projects must have a minimum development cost of $10,000, where the recipient will receive $5,000 in state matching funds if they successfully raise $5,000 through Patronicity. The state will provide matching grant funds up to $50,000 per project.