New Buffalo celebrates completion of 2 year-long construction downtown

Published: Jun. 14, 2018 at 7:25 PM EDT
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There is celebration in the city of New Buffalo Thursday as a two-year long construction project comes to an end.

Their Streetscape project is now complete and residents are gathered downtown to see the final product.

This project has been under construction for the last two years, but it's planning actually goes back 15 years.

The celebration kicked off with the unveiling of a sculpture of the Four Winds as a thank you to the Pokagon Fund's contribution to the project.

It was a $4 million project that involved redoing the storm drains, new irrigation, replacing power and gas lines, updating water and sewage, and more.

Downtown New Buffalo is over 200 years old and before this project, they still had original water lines made of wood.

Those who made this all possible say it’s the people of New Buffalo who make it all worth the work.

“The email I received from a volunteer was about her neighbor, who's a wheelchair-bound young lady who over the years, the last 10 years she’s lived here, has never been able to get to the shops and restaurants on Whitaker Street,” said Robert Kemper, the chair of Downtown Development Authority. “And she, for the first time four weeks ago, she was able to traverse Whitaker Street on her own with no assistance.”

The mayor says he extends an invitation to all in Michiana to come visit New Buffalo's shores along Lake Michigan, and their new downtown.

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