Redevelopment Commission President Eric Hull reported Wednesday that the RDC
received one response to its Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a master
developer for the Food Truck Square site and the attached Duneland School
The land in
question--about 32 acres across Ind. 149 from the Town hall--can be
developed starting March of next year once the Town makes its last payment
to DSC in February. The Commission is looking for proposals that include an
updated Town hall and a Town community center, and maintain or enhance the
character of Food Truck Square.
The RFQ is an
exploratory venture and does not commit the Town to accepting any offers or
spending any money.
meeting, the Commission formed a review committee comprised of Commissioners
Nick Loving and Brad Enslen to review the one RFQ. Hull asked that they
bring in Town Council President Ray Poparad if they want a third set of
At this time, the
RDC is not revealing who, or what entity, responded to the RFQ.
The RFQ did attract
one other proposal: an offer from Harley Snyder Co. to provide master
development consulting services.
Hull reported that
Snyder reached out to the Town to offer consulting that would help the Town
navigate potential negotiations and deals. Hull said Snyder hasn’t yet
responded to a list of questions posed about his services. In light of that,
and the Town only looking at one RFQ, the Commission tabled the matter.
Consultant Tina Rongers reported that the Town and SEH Engineering is
continuing to coordinate with the DNR and INDOT on Phase 1 of the trail.
Rongers also asked that the Commission review the Marquette Engineering
Assessment Report from SEH and consider it for approval and public posting
on the Town’s website. The Commission approved the report.
Enslen brought up that no one from Burns Harbor is attending the Northwest
Indiana Regional Planning Committee’s Ped, Peddle, and Paddle Committee
“If we’re doing the
Marquette Greenway and talking about doing other trails in Town, these are
the people that get to look at it first,” Enslen said.
Enslen noted that
he represented the Town on the same committee years ago, and volunteered to
take up the position again. The Commission approved.