Construction on the
Burns Harbor portion of the Marquette Greenway could start as early as July
following the completion of a 60-acre land donation from Arcelor Mittal,
according to the Burns Harbor Redevelopment Commission.
Consultant Tina Rongers announced at the RDCís meeting Wednesday that the
RDC plans to go out to bid for Phase 3 of the project this month and award
the contract in June.
The trail is being
built in three phases, and first up is Phase 3, the portion that will run
west from Ind. 149 to the Townís border with Portage. Phase 3 is being
funded with a $1.78 million Next Level Trails grant from the Indiana
Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).
Rongers said those
grant funds will become available in July upon the completion of paperwork
since the Town has met its obligation to find a local match for the funds by
finalizing the land donation.
Rongers, who has
led the charge in the RDC acquiring $3.6 million in grants for the Marquette
Greenway project, noted construction management grants from SEH, one of the
engineering firms on the project, will also be available later in the
The three phases of
construction on the Burns Harbor portion of the Marquette Greenway are
projected to cost a total of $4.9 million, $3.6 million of which will come
from state and federal grants. The remaining $1.3 million is coming out of
the RDCís budget, which is comprised of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) money.
Rongers also said
Wednesday that the RDC has an early opportunity to purchase trail
furnishings, such as benches, bike racks, and trash cans, and save some
money by installing those items in-house. She encouraged the RDC members to
browse options online.
RDC president Eric
Hull thanked Arcelor Mittal for supporting the Town and its endeavor to
complete a portion of the Marquette Greenway. Hull and RDC member Nick
Loving also agreed the current public health situation has highlighted the
value of outdoor recreation on trails.
Hull reported the
Burns Harbor Plan Commission completed a preliminary hearing on the Westport
planned unit development (PUD). The Westport PUD calls for a mixed-use
development that will include retail and residential spaces, as well as a
new town hall and community center that will serve as a gathering place on
the Food Truck Square site and adjoining 28-acres across Ind. 149 from the
There will be a
public hearing on the Westport PUD at the Plan Commissionís next meeting,
which is tentatively scheduled for Monday, June 8, provided the hearing can
be held safely amid Indiana
Holcombís plan for reopening local government operations and businesses in
the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown.
Properties, the master developer on the project, also presented a proposal
for the new town hall/community center building at the last Plan Commission
meeting, Hull said. The RDC opted to table the proposal until its next
To keep the
Westport project moving, the RDC unanimously approved two essential
contracts Wednesday: a contract with Advanced Engineering for soil boring
not to exceed $8,500, and a contract with Faegre Drinker for bond counseling
not to exceed $43,000. Hull noted Faegre Drinker bills hourly, so if the
process of pursuing bonds for the project has to be paused for any reason,
the Town will only pay for work completed.