Created Monday, July 19, 2021
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GREENFIELD –Pride Investment Partners recently donated a parcel of land to the town of Shirley that town officials envision as the future centerpiece of a long-awaited trail.
The parcel of land, which sits east of the Marathon gas station near Shirley’s downtown, measures 1,780 feet by 102 feet, and was formerly property of GasAmerica Services, which owned and operated the now-Marathon-owned service station for several years.
Shirley officials said the piece of land is important to their upcoming walking trail, which will be roughly a mile long and will connect the town’s historical district, park and sports fields. Construction on the asphalt trail project is expected to begin this summer, said Shirley Clerk/Treasurer Teresa Hester.
While the first phase of the project includes the asphalt trail, Hester said she and other officials hope to have parking spaces installed where events like a farmer’s market could take place without disrupting traffic. She also envisions beautifying the parcel with trees.
In addition, town officials in the future hope to be able to upgrade its sports facilities, add fitness stations, and create signage on the trail highlighting some of the town’s historical sites.
The project is part of the Health and Heritage Region – Fortville, Greenfield, Hancock County, Stellar Communities Designation Program. Funding for this project is provided through a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Community Development Block Grant through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
Shirley, a town of about 830 people that sits on the border between Hancock and Henry counties, was established in 1890 when the Cincinnati, Wabash, and Michigan Railway was built to that point.
Pride Investment Partners, a real estate and private equity investment development company, is helmed by Keith White and Stephanie White-Longworth. White and White-Longworth stand as the fourth generation involved in the petroleum and convenience store industries.
They stepped into leadership positions in 1998, taking the helm for the GasAmerica gas station and convenience stores. They sold GasAmerica Services to Marathon in 2012 and have started a new retail effort with Leo’s Market and Eatery. The unique stores, which feature a fresh market, eatery, convenience favorites and gas services, currently have locations in Greenfield and Noblesville, with two more planned to open in the next 12 months.
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