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Burns Harbor Food Truck Square Vendors should move fast if they want in

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Burns Harbor Redevelopment Commission President Marcus Rogala reported at the Commission’s meeting Wednesday that four dates have been filled for Food Truck Square.

“We have five food trucks signed up for the season and two food tents,” Rogala said. “A couple are lingering and still asking questions,” he said. Rogala added that vendors who want in should act fast. Some of the confirmed vendors are Mother Wilma’s, Kona Ice, Cute as a Cupcake Bakery, the Portable-Rican, and Sizzlebox. Board member Kevin Tracy was enthusiastic about Mother Wilma’s. “If you didn’t try it last year you’ve got to try it,” he said.

Sponsorship letters were sent Wednesday, following the Duneland Chamber of Commerce recommendation to solicit sponsorships from community partners. Rogala said two sponsors have appeared so far, one providing cash assistance and one providing in-kind services. Village Land Company donated entertainment for one night with the Saturday June band, and Sanitation is waiving the fee for the first month.

Karnerblue Consultant Tina Rongers reported that the Commission has secured a $2,500 grant from Indiana Dunes Tourism to market the Food Truck Square. She is also looking into applying for a product development grant from the Porter Convention, Recreation, and Visitor Commission.

Four-acre Site

In other business, Scott Kuchta of Global Engineering reported that BP owns the pipeline that was found on the four-acre site and currently has an easement covering the entire site. The easement can be reduced to only 50 feet--25 feet on either side of the pipeline. Improvements made on the site will have to follow BP’s guidelines for sites that contain their easements, however. One of the requirements is that the pipeline must be at least five and a half feet under a road crossing. There is currently about two and half feet of coverage over the pipeline. Filling in over the pipeline to meet that requirement would add contour to the otherwise flat site and could assist in drainage, Kuchta said.

Kuchta also reported that temporary staking has been done on the site to assist in planning and design. The stakes mark major proposed features such as the easement over the pipeline, the parking lot, and the plaza. He said Global may also propose a water feature, such as a pond, because the site features clay soil that retains a lot of water.

Other Business

The Business Incentive Plan is almost finalized. Rongers reported that she and Rogala met with Dan Botich of SEH to put the finishing touches on the application for business incentives. Next, Botich will start work on a business expansion and retention analysis of Burns Harbor.

The RDC will be holding its workshop at at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at 1200 N. Boo Road, to go over plans for the next five years. The public is welcome to attend with comments and questions.



Posted 3/15/2018




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