Anderson mayor hopes downtown work will attract millennials

Taylor Cleveland, Ross Cleveland, Teena Hopkins and Emily Clark raise their glasses for a toast as they celebrate a birthday on Aug. 4, 2017, on the patio of Kettletop Brewhouse in downtown Anderson. (Herald Bulletin Photo/John P. Cleary)
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ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) - A central Indiana mayor hopes work on the city's downtown will attract younger people to the area.

Anderson Mayor Thomas Broderick tells The Herald Bulletin that historic buildings are being restored, work on a brewery and distillery continues, a new bus terminal has been proposed and trails around Shadyside Lake will be resurfaced.

Broderick says he hopes bringing in large businesses and building a thriving downtown will attract young people to the area and create a downtown renaissance.

“It’s got to be something that is attractive to young folks and we have been working on an overall effort to draw young people in, and then develop amenities that also the rest of the population is interested in as well,” he said.

The city works to build connections between developers and owners, as well as offer tax abatements or help with clearing regulatory hurdles. Broderick says although the efforts are focused on bringing amenities that'll be appealing to millennials, the efforts also will enhance the city for established residents.

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