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To conduct the small area study on the east end of downtown Shelbyville, the city went with a firm already familiar with another part of the county.
HNTB of Louisville, a firm providing architecture, engineering, planning and construction services, recently worked with the city of Simpsonville to help conceive its downtown "village" vision.
The firm provided the city proposals, maps, drawings, and artist renderings of how it could look. The plan was approved at the Simpsonville City Commission's most recent meeting.
Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said he has high expectations for the firm's work in his city.
"We found one we think will be able to do this job based upon or recommendations, our research and our reference checking," Hardesty said.
The study will look at the area of downtown stretching from the new judicial center, which is under construction at the on 4th Street between Main and Washington Streets, to Boone Station Road.
"It's very much needed. We have a golden opportunity while things are slow in the economy to try and get a consultant in here to make some recommendations," he said.
Hardesty said proposals were received from several consultants. In the end he worked alongside councilmember George Best, Eileen Collins of Shelby Development Corp., and Triple S director Ryan Libke to sort through the options, and the group decided to go with HNTB.
The range of offers spanned from $27,500 to $66,350. HNTB's cost was $36,280.
"HNTB did do the study for the city of Simpsonville, and they were very pleased with the result of that study," Best said. "We did not take the cheapest, but we took what we thought was the best."
The completion date for the study was set for December of 2009.
“Really what it amounts to is a comprehensive plan for the east end of town," he said.