resumed on the private, yearslong project to redevelop the historic pavilion
at Indiana Dunes State Park.
LLC member Tom Collins says new windows will be installed soon, and the
private group aims to complete all work by May 2020.
Collins tells The
(Northwest Indiana) Times that Pavilion Partners received a construction
design release from Indiana in January allowing work to continue.
groups oppose elements of the privatization deal awarded to developer Chuck
Williams, who’s the Indiana Republican Party’s treasurer.
co-founder Jim Sweeney says Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources still
hasn’t obtained a historic preservation certificate of approval.
Members of the
community recently contacted Dunes Action about fencing being installed
around the Indiana Dunes State Park Pavilion asking if construction would be
When contacted by
Dunes Action by email, Dan Bortner, Director of Indiana State Parks,
replied, “We are in the process of getting Indiana Dunes State Park ready
for another busy recreation season. As part of that preparation, the
contractor has installed a fence around the Pavilion for safety purposes.”
On Monday, April
22, workers removed decorative brickwork from a number of the upper arches
of the Pavilion that face the parking lot.
Action is generally supportive of the Pavilion restoration, the group
objects to the addition of two balconies, the use of the concrete public
promenade below them for dining areas, and the addition of a glassed-walled
bar on the Pavilion roof.
Dunes Action is
also opposed to the construction of a large private banquet center next to