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Dunes Pavilion construction resumes

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By The Associated Press

and Tribune Staff

Construction has resumed on the private, yearslong project to redevelop the historic pavilion at Indiana Dunes State Park.

Pavilion Partners 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.

Environmental groups oppose elements of the privatization deal awarded to developer Chuck Williams, who’s the Indiana Republican Party’s treasurer.

Dunes Action 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 resuming.

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.

Although Dunes 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 the Pavilion.


Posted 4/26/2019





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