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Chamber updates Burns Harbor on plans for Food Truck Square

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Jackie Thomas of the Duneland Chamber of Commerce gave a presentation on plans for Food Truck Square at the Burns Harbor Redevelopment Commission meeting Wednesday night.

Thomas, who directs the European Market in Chesterton, discussed how the Chamber plans to reinvent the European market for Food Truck Square, and she presented a new logo that combines elements of the Food Truck Square and European Market logos.

Thomas also presented a plan to find sponsorships to offset the cost of materials and live music for FTS activities. She noted that live music has been successful at the European Market, and the Chamber plans to bring that to FTS. “Live music is a huge draw for families, and that’s something to keep in mind when we book music,” Thomas said. “We want it to be very family friendly.”

Burns Harbor businesses will be approached first for all sponsorships, Thomas added.

The Commission approved the budget for FTS not to exceed $20,000. FTS is coming close to paying for itself, as this year’s projected income is around $18,000.

Financial Incentive Plan

In other business, Dan Botich of SEH came before the Council to deliver a finalized version of the business incentive plan that will hopefully bring more development and commerce to Burns Harbor. Botich said that part of the document serves as a public resource that can be made available to developers and put on the Town website. His plan also outlines a “coordinated focused strategy” to identify interested developers and match them with unused land in Town.

The Commission approved the plan. Botich said his next steps are to conduct a business expansion and retention analysis of Burns Harbor and form a local economic alliance forum so developers and local businesses can communicate amongst themselves. These goals have a deadline of June 30.


The Commission elected officers for 2018. Marcus Rogala will remain President. Kevin Tracy will be Vice-President, and Eric Hull will be Secretary.


The RDC will be holding a workshop at 1200 N. Boo Road at 6 p.m. March 28 at 6 to go over its plans for the next five years. The public is welcome to attend with comments and questions.



Posted 2/16/2018




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