The Burns Harbor
Redevelopment Commission heard updates on the Westport planned unit
development (PUD) at its meeting Wednesday.
Partner and Vice-president Mike Micka reported Holladay presented a concept
plan for the Westport PUD to the Burns Harbor Plan Commission Feb. 3, then
returned in March after accounting for the Board’s suggestions.
Holladay is the
master developer tasked with planning a new municipal complex and ‘Town
Center’ mixed use development on the four-acre Food Truck Square site and
adjoining 28 acres the RDC bought from the Duneland School corporation last
year. In combination, the 32 acres is called the Westport site.
The concept plan
for the Westport site includes a 7,500-square foot municipal office with an
attached 15,000-square foot community center, 40 townhomes, 5,800 square
feet of mixed use apartment and retail space with an estimated 138
apartments, stormwater detention areas, greenspace, roads, and parking. The
concept plan is just a base plan, and the detail work, including schematic
design for the municipal office, begins now, Micka said.
The Board approved
Micka to release Holladay’s subcontractors Smith Group and Abonmarche to
complete the next tasks set forth in the work plan so Abonmarche can begin
work on 100 percent design documents, and Smith Group can begin writing the
narrative for the PUD ordinance. There could be a public hearing on the
finished PUD as early as June 1, if the Plan Commission approves.
RDC member Nick
Loving reported he, RDC President Eric Hull, and Karnerblue Consultant Tina
Rongers will have more to report about bond options for financing
construction on the Westport development at the April 8 meeting.
tree clearing continues for the Marquette Greenway Trail’s Phase 3 corridor,
which will run west from Ind. 149 to the Town’s border with Portage.
The only change:
Homer Tree Service, which was contracted to do the tree clearing for
$164,024, plans to drop the trees, leave them in place, and remove them in
June due to concerns about soft soil. The change doesn’t increase costs and
keeps the Town in compliance with a mandate to down trees before March 31 to
protect bat habitat.
Patton reports he continues to work on wrapping-up a 60-acre land donation
for Phase 3 from Arcelor Mittal.
Good of the Order
RDC members and two
citizens in the audience raved about the burgers, seasoned fries, and
woodfire pizzas at Burns Harbor’s newest restaurant, Bibi’s Bites, at the
intersection of Ind. 149 and U.S. 20.
RDC member Toni
Biancardi noted the pizzas are done fast, and Loving praised Bibi’s owner
Sejla Harbas for keeping a clean and inviting atmosphere. “The best part
about the place is her, by far,” he said. Biancardi agreed: “She’s super