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Master Plan, McCurdy Move Forward

A Denver-based company has won the right to negotiate with Evansville officials on developing a new downtown master plan. 

The Redevelopment Commission has chosen Progressive Urban Management Associates -- or PUMA -- in collaboration with Hafer Associates of Evansville.

Metro Development Director Kelly Coures tells WNIN that the last master plan was done in 2001, so Downtown needs a new road map.

The plan will be drawn up as the city prepares for construction of the IU School of Medicine, a convention hotel, and the prospect of Tropicana moving its gaming onto land.

In other action, the Redevelopment Commission approved two measures that the Kunkel Group needed to move forward on its long-awaited renovation of the McCurdy Hotel.

Kunkel plans to turn the historic riverfront building into 113 apartments, with retail space on the first floor.

The company hopes to close on a bank loan next month.