from Holladay Properties presented a detailed work plan for the Westport
Planned Unit Development (PUD) at the Burns Harbor Redevelopment Commission
The RDC hired
Holladay Properties in May to be the master developer on the 32-acres across
from the Town Hall on Ind. 149. The parcel contains 28-acres recently
acquired from the Duneland School Corporation and the 4-acre site of Food
A.J. Monroe, of
Holladay, said the plan is a way of articulating how the company will
prepare plans for the site over the next 14-months with the end goal being
that the land is ready for sale and the Town has a set of buildable plans
The plan shows each
step of the process, who is responsible for it, when certain boards or
commissions will need to take action, and on what dates deliverables are
forthcoming. Monroe said the next deliverable the RDC will see is a PUD
ordinance platting/market study of the property and the associated scope of
work and fees by Friday, July 19. After that, work slows down until the
Burns Harbor Comprehensive Plan is updated in August.
Comprehensive Plan Update is contract approval for the PUD/ordinance
platting and market study and an 8-week visioning phase by the project team.
In November, an 8-week PUD concept plan phase begins. Holladay plans to have
the completed concept plan and receive feedback from the Plan Commission by
March 2020 and apply for the primary plat in April 2020.
Food Truck Square
Board member Toni
Biancardi reported Food Truck Square next week will have the regular
activities: music, a bounce house, and food. Leroy’s is confirmed as a food
vendor, and Los Mamacitas is planned, but not yet confirmed.
Biancardi said the
Chamber has thrown around some new ideas--including having a touch-a-truck
event, holding a bags tournament, and making smores. Biancardi also said she
asked the Chamber to ramp up promoting FTS on Facebook.
RDC President Eric
Hull noted attendance was good last month, until rain started. The Board
agreed to “ride it out and see how it goes” this year with FTS, which
sparked a discussion.
resident Sarah Oudman asked if they meant riding out the Chamber’s
management of FTS or the event itself--Board member Ray Poparad said the
Hull noted that
Oudman may see the fun happening at the events but doesn’t see the bills
that come in, and FTS brings in absolutely no revenue: “You’ve got expenses.
There is nothing that is offsetting those expenses.”
Hull said this year
the RDC spent less than $10,000 on FTS, but in previous years has spent
approximately $20,000., also without profit. Hull and Poparad said the RDC
has to consider whether or not FTS is the best use of available funds, or if
the community could benefit from that money elsewhere. “As long as there’s
participation, we can continue to support it, to a point, but where do you
draw the line? How long to you keep putting money in it if you’re not
recouping any money?”, Hull said.
Jane Jordan reported the Board’s twice-yearly donation of some of its Tax
Increment Financing (TIF) revenue to the Duneland School Corporation has hit
a hitch since state law mandated new school budget practices.
Jordan said she
used to calculate how much money the Redevelopment Commission contributed to
DSC based on how hard DSC’s capital projects fund was hit by lost property
tax income from the Burns Harbor TIF area. Since a state law mandated the
consolidation of all of DSC’s separate funds into two large funds,
calculating the sum that way isn’t possible.
The Board directed
RDC Attorney Clay Patton to contact DSC to coordinate how the donations are
calculated going forward. The Board’s next payment is due Aug. 15, per the
agreement with DSC. The last payment was approximately $54,000 in February.
Consultant Tina Rongers reported she’s complying with requirements related
to the RDC’s grants for the Burns Harbor portion of the Marquette Greenway
Trail while she waits to hear from SEH of Indiana about design documents
that are scheduled to be done this month.
Rongers said she’s
continuing with quarterly reports related to the Congestion, Mitigation, and
Air Quality (CMAQ) grant, and she’s started receiving communication about
getting reimbursements from the Department of Natural Resources Recreational
Trails Program (RTP). She’s still waiting on the guidelines for the Next
Level Trails Grant.
business, the Board approved a $10,200 lump-sum contract with SEH for an
environmental study on 50-acres of land the Town is getting from
ArcelorMittal as a donation for Phase 1 of the Greenway. “We need this to
protect our assets before we take possession of the land,” Patton said. The
most recent study ArcelorMittal commissioned on the land was in 2016.
Good of the Order
Board member Brad
Enslen asked Rongers to look into the details of funding for
Transit-Oriented Developments. Rongers said she isn’t sure how Burns Harbor
could qualify, but she has looked into it before and will continue
The RDC received
its June TIF revenue ($501,348.13) and tax abatement fees ($267,070.89).