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Burns Harbor going out to bid for Phase 3 of Marquette Greenway Trail construction

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By LILY REX

Construction on the Burns Harbor portion of the Marquette Greenway could start as early as July following the completion of a 60-acre land donation from Arcelor Mittal, according to the Burns Harbor Redevelopment Commission.

Karnerblue Consultant Tina Rongers announced at the RDCís meeting Wednesday that the RDC plans to go out to bid for Phase 3 of the project this month and award the contract in June.

The trail is being built in three phases, and first up is Phase 3, the portion that will run west from Ind. 149 to the Townís border with Portage. Phase 3 is being funded with a $1.78 million Next Level Trails grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

Rongers said those grant funds will become available in July upon the completion of paperwork since the Town has met its obligation to find a local match for the funds by finalizing the land donation.

Rongers, who has led the charge in the RDC acquiring $3.6 million in grants for the Marquette Greenway project, noted construction management grants from SEH, one of the engineering firms on the project, will also be available later in the process.

The three phases of construction on the Burns Harbor portion of the Marquette Greenway are projected to cost a total of $4.9 million, $3.6 million of which will come from state and federal grants. The remaining $1.3 million is coming out of the RDCís budget, which is comprised of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) money.

Rongers also said Wednesday that the RDC has an early opportunity to purchase trail furnishings, such as benches, bike racks, and trash cans, and save some money by installing those items in-house. She encouraged the RDC members to browse options online.

RDC president Eric Hull thanked Arcelor Mittal for supporting the Town and its endeavor to complete a portion of the Marquette Greenway. Hull and RDC member Nick Loving also agreed the current public health situation has highlighted the value of outdoor recreation on trails.

Westport PUD

Hull reported the Burns Harbor Plan Commission completed a preliminary hearing on the Westport planned unit development (PUD). The Westport PUD calls for a mixed-use development that will include retail and residential spaces, as well as a new town hall and community center that will serve as a gathering place on the Food Truck Square site and adjoining 28-acres across Ind. 149 from the Town Hall.

There will be a public hearing on the Westport PUD at the Plan Commissionís next meeting, which is tentatively scheduled for Monday, June 8, provided the hearing can be held safely amid Indiana

Governor Eric Holcombís plan for reopening local government operations and businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown.

Holladay Properties, the master developer on the project, also presented a proposal for the new town hall/community center building at the last Plan Commission meeting, Hull said. The RDC opted to table the proposal until its next meeting.

To keep the Westport project moving, the RDC unanimously approved two essential contracts Wednesday: a contract with Advanced Engineering for soil boring not to exceed $8,500, and a contract with Faegre Drinker for bond counseling not to exceed $43,000. Hull noted Faegre Drinker bills hourly, so if the process of pursuing bonds for the project has to be paused for any reason, the Town will only pay for work completed.

 

Posted 5/15/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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