Other projects, according to a letter the city sent to OCRA as part of the application, include redevelopment of the Methodist Building on Public Square to become a "downtown anchor as a community center, with educational opportunities through higher education partners," among several other goals for the building.
It also provides for downtown access to fiber optic cables, which are already buried below the sidewalks and improvements to the Intelliplex.
The new application includes similar themes as last year's -- such as better pedestrian areas and the trails -- but some of the major tenets of last year's $21 million Stellar Communities application were not included again, either because of the connectivity angle of the new application or because they are already being completed in other ways.
Haacker said finalists will be announced Tuesday morning. The program is likely to choose six to eight finalists and two winners.
Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, who oversees OCRA at the Statehouse, came to Shelbyville on Wednesday and discussed some of the past grants that Shelbyville had received for revitalization and downtown redevelopment.
She said Shelbyville had done a great job leveraging what the state has given the city and that the city had a lot of private sector support. But, she warned federal money that help fund OCRA grants was getting thin.
"There will be even more competition going forward for these grants," she said.