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GREENWOOD – A Central Indiana community is hoping an idea to turn acres of farmland into a new recreational lake will change the way people look at the city.

Greenwood city officials are discussing the idea of digging a 50- to 100-acre retention lake to anchor an upscale development near the upcoming I-65 extension. It would not be large enough for motorized boats, but would welcome kayaking and canoeing.

“It’d be a different type of look for the city of Greenwood,” said Mike Campbell, who sits on the City Council and the Redevelopment Commission. He said the city has been trying to figure out what to do with the area, and the most popular idea is to create a lake.

“It’d be a nice place for people to build a home, restaurants, and maybe have some eating out on a dock you know, overlooking the lake,” he said.

That development, however, would change the scene of the rural area and mean area farmers would need to adapt.

“It’s something that we’re certainly thinking about and concerned about,” said Joe Kelsay, co-owner of Kelsay Farms.

Kelsay said he wants to see additional information about the project.

“(We want to) try to find ways that we can maintain our family goals, our business goals and really maintain our presence, our level of involvement in our community,” Kelsay said.

Campbell responded by promising Kelsay and others that they have nothing to worry about. He said city officials want to give the project an agro-business feel.

“We’re trying to work with them,” Campbell said. “We don’t want to force them into anything. We just want to make them part of the process.”

He’s hoping that process will start at the end of this year after a plan is presented to the council.