Construction on one
section of the Burns Harbor portion of the Marquette Greenway Trail is set
to begin this year, Consultant Tina Rongers reported at Wednesday’s Burns
Harbor Redevelopment Commission (RDC) meeting.
construction on the portion of the Marquette Greenway that runs west from
Ind. 149 to the Town’s border with Portage will be finished by the end of
2020. This portion of the Trail, called Phase 3, is being funded with a
$1.78 million Next Level Trails grant from the Indiana Department of Natural
Rongers, who has
led the charge in the RDC acquiring $3.6 million in grants for the Town’s
Marquette Greenway project, reported she continues to work with Arcelor
Mittal on a 60-acre land donation for Phase 3 of the trail and complete
quarterly reviews for grants. Construction management grants from SEH, one
of the engineering firms on the project, will also be available later in the
process, Rongers said.
soon follow after the completion of tree clearing for Phase 3’s trail
corridor. Homer’s Tree Service Inc. was awarded a contract at an RDC special
meeting Jan. 29 to clear trees to create the trail corridor for $164,024.
Tree removal is being limited as much as possible and must conclude by March
31 to protect bat habitat.
RDC President Eric
Hull asked what the timeline is for the 60-acre land donation. Town Attorney
Clay Patton said he’s in the process of working with Arcelor Mittal to
clarify the legal description of the parcel to be donated.
Burns Harbor has
netted $3.6 million in grants for the $4.9 million trail project, between
the IDNR’s Recreational Trails and Next Level Trails programs and a
Congestion, Mitigation, and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant from the Federal
Highway Administration. The remaining $1.3 million cost of the project is
coming out of the RDC’s budget, which is comprised of Tax Increment
Financing (TIF) money.
In other business,
RDC member Toni Biancardi reported Holladay Properties, the master developer
on the Westport development, presented a concept plan to the Burns Harbor
Plan Commission that is currently under review. If the Planners are
satisfied, Holladay will advance to officially applying for a PUD in March.
The RDC also
approved transferring $50,000 of its Tax abatement funds to the Town’s
non-reverting ambulance fund for EMS worker salaries. $50,000 should
maintain the fund through June, and the RDC is prepared to contribute
another $50,000 later in the year, according to member Nick Loving.