Cummins planning upgrade to downtown parking lot

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Cummins, Inc. has plans to spruce up a downtown parking lot.

The Columbus Plan Commission has approved Cummins’ site development plan for changes to its parking lot at the corner of Sixth and Jackson streets. The plan was approved with one condition, which was that Cummins vacate some of the remaining interior property lines at the site.

Commission Vice President Michael Kinder recused himself from the discussion and vote due to being a Cummins employee.

According to a staff report, Cummins plans to “reconfigure” the existing parking lot.

“The parking lot will incorporate vacant parcels that previously contained a building, but that structure was demolished a few years ago,” the report stated. “…Beyond the parking lot, the applicant has also included curb and sidewalk improvements in the right-of-way along the east side of Jackson Street between 5th and 6th streets and at the corner of Jackson and Fifth streets.”

Cummins is also proposing a “decorative thermoplastic treatment” to the parking lot that includes a large Cummins logo in the center.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.