The Burns Harbor Town Council and the town’s Park Board will meet jointly
Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the town hall to discuss potential future uses for
the former Westport Community Club.
The meeting is open to the public and according to a town press release, all
residents are encouraged to attend.
The council voted 5-0 last week to accept Westport’s donation of 4.7 total
acres at the northeast corner of Indiana 149 and Haglund Road, and to have
council president Jim McGee execute the necessary legal documents with the
town paying all transaction costs.
An update on the status of the acquisition will be given Wednesday.
An agreement between the club’s board of directors and the town stipulates
Westport will be used for park and community purposes but if the town sells
it in the future, 50 percent of the proceeds will go to the Burns Harbor
Initially Westport representatives wanted the Park Board to administer the
property but last week McGee said the Town Council is in complete control at
The council release states the community club was established in 1954 prior
to the town’s incorporation when the Boo Family dedicated the site for the
purposes of public gathering and fostering a sense of community.
However, club officers and directors have stated in recent months that it
became apparent Westport no longer financially could cover its operating
costs and they asked the town to take over the property.
Council members have said they prefer the town has jurisdiction over the
community building parcel and vacant 3.8 acres rather than a private buyer.
The Chesterton Pop Warner football league has approached the council seeking
a long-term lease to use the site for a permanent home for the youth group;
Pop Warner also offered to help renovate the dated community building and
upgrade the site with football fields and improved parking.
Spokesman Tom Troy said the league has been waiting for the town to accept
Westport before making a formal presentation to the council.