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When you drive through downtown Kendallville, a large black box on the street isn't what you would expect. Some people assume it's a dumpster, and others take a closer look.

Posted: Aug. 1, 2018 2:08 PM
Updated: Aug. 1, 2018 3:57 PM

KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (WFFT)- When you drive through downtown Kendallville, a large black box on the street isn't what you would expect. Some people assume it's a dumpster, and others take a closer look. 

 "They're not real sure what it is from the outside, so they stop and look," said Mayor Suzanne Handshoe. 

But on the inside, the box is a parklet with seating, tables, greenery, and even a stage for entertainment. It's something Mayor Handshoe said has been missing from Kendallville. 

"It's just to bring people downtown. We offer free wifi downtown, and they can access it from here and sit here or eat their sandwich," she said. 

With a variety of food options in the area, the parklet is only expected to grow in popularity. 

"We have an ice cream shop and a coffee shop, and then a little Jenny's Tacos down the street, and next door is Pizza Forum," Handshoe said. 

It's not done yet. An awning and more tables and chairs are expected to be added in the next couple weeks. 

And once winter comes, the parklet can be packed away. 

"The nice thing about this parklet is it's stored for the winter, so It was made that it's in pieces and it can be picked up and moved into indoor storage for the winter months, and then we'll bring it back out in the spring."

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