Indianapolis Business Journal: “It puts us in a position to be able to do this type of a project that’s going to be transformational for economic development along this whole corridor,” Heirbrandt said of the ARPA funding.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today celebrated how President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan is still delivering for Hoosiers. This time, the COVID-19 relief law is responsible for establishing new water and sewer utilities in unserved areas of northeast Hamilton County with the goal of stimulating economic development. The $25 million investment will create new jobs and expand housing developments in Hamilton County. These investments, delivered by Indiana Democrats like André Carson and Frank Mrvan, are fueling a better and brighter future for Hoosier families.
While Republicans like County Commissioner Heirbrandt acknowledge the “transformational” investments made by the American Rescue Plan, politicians like U.S. Senator Todd Young voted “NO” on these investments. In fact, Indiana GOP Chairman Kyle Hupfer called this project “socialism” – claiming this opposition was a “great campaign to run on”. Throughout the 2022 elections (and beyond), Democrats will highlight how the Indiana GOP puts their partisan agenda above delivering on kitchen table issues for Hoosiers.
Here’s a look at how the American Rescue Plan continues to deliver for the Hoosier State:
IBJ: Hamilton County plans $41.5M project to add utilities at Bakers Corner
County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt said the utilities project will use $25 million in funds the county received through the American Rescue Plan Act, while $10 million will be financed through bonds and another $10 million will come from the state.
Hamilton County would need about 1,000 new homes constructed in the Bakers Corner area to break even on the project, which Heirbrandt said should happen quickly, especially as interchanges are built at East 236th and East 276th streets as part of the U.S. 31 project. There are currently 48 homes near Bakers Corner, he said.
“It puts us in a position to be able to do this type of a project that’s going to be transformational for economic development along this whole corridor,” Heirbrandt said of the ARPA funding.
“There’s a huge demand,” Heirbrandt said. “You’re going to see probably a lot of housing go up in this area as well, but we see part of that corridor opening up to the commercial market, and our goal is really to be able to add jobs and economic development here in Hamilton County.”