SPEEDWAY, Ind. (WISH) - Opening day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is Saturday. Race fans who make it to Main Street in downtown Speedway will find significant changes. It's part of an ongoing effort to revitalize the city, making it a destination, even when no one is at the Speedway.
Plenty has already been done. Plenty more is on the drawing board. As 24-Hour News 8 found out, two more big Main Street developments may be only months away from making news.
Since 2009, Speedway has slowly been reshaping Main Street. It's mantra has been Speedway is more than just a day in May.
"And what we're trying to do is create a street that people will come year round. By adding new restaurants," says Scott Harris, Executive Director of the Speedway Redevelopment Commission.
Harris says, there was one restaurant 4 years ago, now there are six. But adding the Dellara factory, which sits in the middle of Main, says Harris was crucial.
"Dellara is kind of like an anchor tenant. They bring lots of people. Lots of other businesses that want to be associated with it," he says.
Sarah Fisher Hartman racing is among those businesses. It's new state of the art headquarters just opened.
"It was a good opportunity to be the first and only race team here on the new Main street," says team manager Mike O'Gara. O'Gara says the team intends to do it's part to lure people to the revitalized Main Street.
"We're going to have a large interactive area. We're going to have families and kids come in. Class rooms come in and do field trips," O'Gara says.
Outdoor seating at Dawson's on Main Street, a restaurant that opened in 2006, the old days, wasn't possible before the revitalization.
"Which has allowed so many people to visually see they're here, they exist and they're amazing. And we fill up everyday," says Joan Brown, who has been working at Dawson's since 2007.
Harris of the redevelopment commission, says this is just the beginning.
"I'm pretty positive that within the next 60 days we're going to announce 2 new development projects that will be mixed use. We're going to have some retail. We're going to have some residential components," he says.
One of those developments would be on the south end of Main, the other on the North.
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