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Burns Harbor RDC enters talks with Holladay Properties for town center

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The Burns Harbor Redevelopment Commission voted at its meeting Wednesday to pursue negotiations about developing a town center with Holladay Properties.

This past fall, the RDC released a request for qualifications (RFQ) for master developers who would be interested in building an updated town complex or town community center that would maintain or enhance the character of Food Truck Square on the four-acre Food Truck Square site and the adjoining 28 acres the Town is buying from the Duneland School Corporation.

According to Nick Loving, RDC member and RFQ committee member, Holladay Properties was the right choice. “They came back to us with a comprehensive plan for what to do with the property,” Loving said. “We thought they were best suited to assist us in developing it.”

Loving said the Town hasn’t committed to anything yet. “At this point we’re negotiating with Holladay on what they want to do, not deciding whether or not to let them do it.”

In related business, the parcel Holladay submitted a plan for will officially belong to the Town at the end of this month when the RDC makes the final payment on the 28 acres attached to Food Truck Square. RDC Attorney Clay Patton said the last payment will amount to approximately $62,625. Patton said a representative of the Town will need to be present with him at the closing of sale, the date for which is to be determined. The RDC voted to authorize the payment.

The RDC also heard updates from the Duneland Chamber of Commerce on what will come of Food Truck Square events next year and renewed its contract to have the Chamber manage the events, upon Patton's review of the document. There are some changes.

First, there will be only five Food Truck Square events: one per month May through September. Chamber President Maura Durham said she hopes having fewer dates will improve the quality and attendance of the events, which the Chamber will manage for a one-time fee of $5,200. The vendor fee has also been reduced from $45 to $15.

There will be alternate weather dates in case of bad weather. The Chamber makes the call on cancelling. European Market Director Chad Burns said they typically only cancel for severe weather, such as high winds and lightning. Food Truck Square dates, as currently scheduled, are: May 15, June 12, July 17, Aug. 14, and Sept. 18.



Posted 2/11/2019




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