The Kitselman Pure Energy Park (KPEP) is a privately owned $60 million development aimed at bringing the "Live-Work-Play" concept to the forefront of Muncie. It is located on the city's east side at SR 32/Jackson Street and Bunch Boulevard on the White River.
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This project will include the development of a trailhead to connect White River Greenway and Cardinal Greenway
The Kitselman Pure Energy Park project will include a massive overhaul of the former Indiana Steel & Wire site.
Quality of Place
The Quality of Place in this area of Muncie will greatly be enhanced by added green space, new retail shops, and dining options.
Not only will new entrepreneurs and business owners have new spaces to fill, those businesses will all create new jobs in the area.
KPEP is being built on the former Indiana Steel & Wire site, a 50+ acre brownfield in Muncie, Indiana, that has been commercially unproductive with no benefit to the community for more than 15 years. The only activity on the site has been environmentally remediation in preparation for future development.
Once heavy with contamination, the site is now suitable for light manufacturing, commercial development, and possible other uses according to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). For this to happen, numerous tests have been conducted, all of which demonstrated satisfactory results.
Upon completion, KPEP will have taken an unsightly, underutilized piece of land and created a mixed-used space complete with public green space and alternative transportation options.
In July 2017, the demolition phase successfully wrapped up and KPEP received the green light to enter into the construction phase. The Energy Park will include a five-megawatt solar power plant, community center with educational classrooms, headquarters building for DD Dannar and mid-sized hotel. There will also be public greenspace and electric charging stations, among other elements.
Bunch Boulevard will be relocated, making way for the Cardinal Greenway trail to connect to the Craddock Wetland and the relocated and newly named Kitselman Bridge. The Bunch Boulevard relocation will make it safer for cars traveling along SR 32 by eliminating the blind corner at the Bunch Boulevard / East Jackson Street Bridge signal and will create a new gateway into KPEP.
In July 2017, KPEP was awarded a large Industrial Recovery Tax Credit (also known as DINO credits) to support the project’s future. These funds are available from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) as an incentive for companies to invest in former industrial facilities requiring significant rehabilitation or remodeling expenses.
The former owners of the site will continue with environmental cleanup into the future, with a concentrated focus on cleaning the contaminated groundwater that is deep underground. These measures will protect contamination from reaching the river. Efforts will be monitored and reported to IDEM to assure continued public safety. To see these reports, click here.
The site will be covered with up to seven feet of clean soil and laid with grass seed before development begins for two reasons. The first is to raise the site above flood level, as required by IDEM, removing the need for the levee. The second is to create a protective barrier between the old contaminated portion of the site and the new development.
The Kitselman Pure Energy Park will include public green space, electric charging stations, five-megawatt solar power plant, community center with educational classrooms, mid-sized hotel, and headquarters for DD Dannar. Other related projects taking place include the Kitselman Trailhead, INDOT East Jackson Street Bridge reconstruction, and the Muncie Arts & Cultural Trail.
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