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