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April 2021 News Releases


City’s Second Black Lives Matter Mural to be Installed on Downtown Square

The City’s second Black Lives Matter street mural was approved April 13 by the Board of Public Works for installation on the north side of the downtown square.  The first mural having been installed next to the Banneker Center last fall, the second will be painted on West Sixth Street between North College Avenue and North Walnut Street on Saturday, April 17, weather permitting (with a rain date scheduled for Saturday, May 1).  The block will be closed to traffic and its parking spaces unavailable on the day of installation from 6 a.m until 8 p.m., while the sidewalks will remain open.  Local businesses have been notified of the closure.    

Local Arts Groups Invited to Apply for Spring Arts Grants

The Bloomington Arts Commission (BAC) invites area arts groups to apply for funding through the Spring 2021 Grants for the Arts program. Nonprofit organizations and arts-based entities in the arts and cultural sectors may apply for operational funds (only for eligible nonprofits) or support for projects that foster the arts and cultivate cultural experiences in Bloomington.  

City to Cut Ribbon on Trades District Garage

Mayor John Hamilton invites the press and the public to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the Trades District Garage. The event will include remarks by the mayor and other local leaders, tours of the new facility, and an opportunity to contribute to the public artwork commissioned for it. The ribbon-cutting will be held in keeping with current public health protocols for physical distancing and face covering.

City to Add Four Major Public Artworks in 2021

The City of Bloomington’s longstanding commitment to the arts will produce four major public artworks in 2021, as the city recovers from the pandemic and its distressing effects on the economy and the arts. Projects at the Trades District, Switchyard Park, the Trades District Garage and the Fourth Street Garage, funded through the One Percent for the Arts Ordinance mechanism, will be installed this year. An expanded search process and creative funding arrangements have resulted in a selection of works by a diverse range of artists.

Two City Workers Report Positive COVID-19 Test Results

One Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employee and one Parks and Recreation employee reported receiving positive results of COVID-19 viral tests over the last week. None of the employees was a close contact of a previous COVID-19 case at the City.

Spring Projects Include Multiuse Paths, Neighborhood Greenways, Sidewalk Replacement

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington.  Projects are described at the City’s website, and regular public updates offered on a range of these improvements as they progress.

Construction of Affordable Housing on City Land Next to Switchyard Park to Begin in June

Sixty-four new homes are on track to be built on City-owned land adjacent to Switchyard Park, with groundbreaking scheduled for June. Retreat @ the Switchyard will provide a mix of supportive and affordable housing as well as market-rate units in a new  apartment building at 1730 South Walnut Street. The City’s Redevelopment Commission (RDC) purchased the 1.5-acre site at the park’s eastern entrance in 2017 to help steer development consistent with the community’s long-term goals.

Fire Department Dedicates New Fire Apparatus with Push-in Ceremony Thursday

Mayor John Hamilton and Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) firefighters held a push-in ceremony Thursday, April 1 at 5 p.m. at Station Two (209 South Fairfield Drive) to dedicate the City’s newest fire apparatus.  The 2021 Typhoon class, 100-foot aerial ladder truck that will be known as Truck 2 was purchased through Public Safety Local Income Tax (PS-LIT) revenues for $1.19 million to replace a 20-year-old 75-foot dual axle aerial apparatus.  

Three City Workers Report Positive COVID-19 Test Results in March

One Bloomington Transit (BT) employee, one Parks and Recreation employee, and a Public Works employee each reported receiving a positive result of a COVID-19 viral test over the last week. None of the employees was a close contact of a previous COVID-19 case at the City.