This project continues the city’s efforts to revitalize and expand downtown Greenwood
Senior staff writer
The former Greenwood Middle School building will be demolished within the next six months. The Greenwood Redevelopment Commission (RDC) recently awarded a $1.7 million contract to bring down most of the school building at 523 S. Madison Ave. The gymnasium on the northside of the building will remain and be transformed into a new downtown fieldhouse under the Greenwood Parks and Recreation Department.
The site served as Greenwood High School from November 1954 through 1970 when the new high school was opened on West Smith Valley Road. The old high school became the middle school. The demolition will be the first visible signs of future multi-purpose development on the 19-acre property that the city purchased in 2017. The project continues the city’s efforts to revitalize and expand downtown Greenwood.
“Our city’s core is literally transforming before our eyes,” Greenwood Mayor Mark W. Myers said in a prepared statement.
“Being born and raised in Greenwood and having lived here nearly my entire life, I could not be more proud of the progress our city is making toward future prosperity.”
The land is to be redeveloped with proposed construction of more than 450 apartments and 130 townhouses, 75,000square feet of potential retail/office space, 9.9 acres of open space and 1.9 miles of new or reconstructed streetscape. Myers emphasized that plans are conceptual.
“Our plans for the future of downtown envision a thriving city core with easy walkability, dynamic public gathering spaces and connectivity to trails, parks and other public assets,” Myers stated. “We’ll have diverse, authentic amenities, seamless integration of green space and opportunities for all ages to live, work and play in downtown Greenwood.”
The land directly south of the Greenwood Public Library already has changed. A new Surina Way-Market Plaza connection runs from Madison Avenue to Meridian Street and features distinctive lighting and drainage.
South of the old middle school, a new roundabout recently opened to alleviate traffic congestion on Smith Valley Road, U.S. 31, Madison Avenue and Meridian Street with a unique “jug handle” design. Updates on downtown revitalization projects is available at; greenwood.in.gov.
(Note: Chad Mertz, City of Greenwood, contributed to this article.)