The Andrews University Project
by Mayor Sean Denison
I just wanted to quickly offer some answers to questions I have been asked regarding the Andrews University project. First, I have been asked why we are wasting taxpayer money on the project instead of fixing our infrastructure. The truth is, we are paying Andrews University a stipend of $3,500 for the kind of work that would cost over $100,000 through a professional service. To say the project is a bargain, is an understatement. Add to that the publicity we have gotten from the project, and it is a win, win. Our infrastructure is being repaired and replaced. There is a new water treatment facility being built on River Street, and a large portion of our outdated, underground water pipes are scheduled to be replaced throughout the downtown in 2023.
Second, I have been asked what the purpose of the project is. The final product will be a tool that the new administration, specifically the new community development manager, can use to show developers and private investors the kind of improvements and development opportunities that are available here in our community. It is a plan to highlight our natural resources, and to make the most of the amenities we already have in the City that provide the quality of life that we say “Makes Life Better Here”.
I believe one of the greatest things to come out of this project may not even be the finished product. But rather, the numerous conversations, meetings, and discussions that happened during the project. The amount of people who were interested in participating was staggering. The discussions were deep, meaningful conversations that showed just how much our citizens care about our community, and how committed they are to making it even better. If we can harness that commitment and apply it to the ideas provided to us by the Andrews University Design Studio, the City of Buchanan will have a very bright future.