WESTFIELD, Ind. (WISH) – Westfield’s Mayor, Andy Cook, encouraged some people to “dream something.” Specifically, he wanted a city task force to imagine a new landmark for their city.
The Grand Junction Task Force came up with a combination of towers that could stand at the intersection of US Highway 31 and state highway 32. They didn’t want a bridge. They didn’t want statues. The towers they imagined recall Westfield’s days, during the slavery era, as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Mayor Cook says the towers “become somewhat of a beacon” like the lanterns that led escaping slaves to the North.
Cook told 24-Hour News 8 the towers are “rather modern in concept” with their lighting and steel. They are also “art.” “Some people are going to like it,” Cook said. “Some people aren’t.”
With the potential objections in mind, Cook and the Westfield City Council decided to delay a vote on the concept. It had been scheduled for Monday night.
Cook also said the city can afford it. The cost of the towers is in the range of $3 million. The city can take the money from the $44 million it made on a utility sale. He said the council feels “pretty strong that they want to do this.
“But delaying the vote will allow more time for public comment. Cook said the council will “get back to it soon.”
The towers are not the only idea in the works for Westfield.
The mayor showed us the place that will one day be Grand Junction.
The idea is comparable to the Grand Park sports complex. But, that came along faster than the new downtown design.
24-Hour News 8 asked what the Mayor what gave that the momentum that this hasn’t had?
“I mean this is people’s homes and we want to enhance what’s down here. Whereas, in Grand Park, we were starting from scratch and all we did there was turn a soybean field into a bluegrass field.”
The first stage, at the end of Mill Street can begin, maybe late this summer.