Although the group is practically in its infancy, Brazil Main Street, Inc., is stretching its legs.
Recently, the committee drafted a letter and sent it to Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw and members of the Brazil Common Council.
The letter referenced the upcoming repaving projected for United States 40 through Brazil.
The committee, made up mostly of downtown merchants, expressed concerns in the letter regarding a handful of items.
Brazil Main Street, Inc., President Zach Chambers said the intention of the letter was to provide "one voice being heard by city leaders."
"What we hope to accomplish is to speak as a unified voice for downtown merchants and individuals involved with Brazil Main Street who are concerned about some of the aspects of the upcoming project," Chambers said. "While certainly, upon completion, it will be a great asset to the downtown -- overhauled streets, improved sidewalks and hopefully updated sewer and water lines. The two-year transition, however, will be challenging to downtown business."
Chambers said the committee is worried about downtown businesses and how the project would affect them.
"The mission and vision of Brazil Main Street is the enhancement of the downtown area and the loss of parking will be a detriment to the area we are committed to preserving," he said.
The drafted letter proposed the city look into alternate traffic patterns among other items.
In addition, the committee expressed concerned about a proposed 24-inch grass strip in the blueprints for the project. The strip has been designed in the new downtown sidewalks.
In the letter, the committee asked who would maintain the strip. In addition, the group suggested the city look into possibly maintaining the brick pavers underneath the asphalt surface of U.S. 40.
The letter specifically points to the city of Marshall, Ill., which recently upgraded city sidewalks including pavers.
Bradshaw told The Times the city does own some parking lots downtown and plans to utilize those lots once the project is underway.
"The city owns some parking lots that could be an alternative for parking," she said.
She added changing the grass strip proposal would have to go through the Indiana Department of Transportation, the lead organization on the project. Bradshaw said changes have been made to the project, which was initially drafted in 1996.
"It is being worked on," Bradshaw said. "People are concerned. But we will continue to work with INDOT to ensure merchants along National Avenue don't lose their business."