The Burns Harbor
Redevelopment Commission voted at its meeting Wednesday to pursue
negotiations about developing a town center with Holladay Properties.
This past fall, the
RDC released a request for qualifications (RFQ) for master developers who
would be interested in building an updated town complex or town community
center that would maintain or enhance the character of Food Truck Square on
the four-acre Food Truck Square site and the adjoining 28 acres the Town is
buying from the Duneland School Corporation.
According to Nick
Loving, RDC member and RFQ committee member, Holladay Properties was the
right choice. “They came back to us with a comprehensive plan for what to do
with the property,” Loving said. “We thought they were best suited to assist
us in developing it.”
Loving said the
Town hasn’t committed to anything yet. “At this point we’re negotiating with
Holladay on what they want to do, not deciding whether or not to let them do
business, the parcel Holladay submitted a plan for will officially belong to
the Town at the end of this month when the RDC makes the final payment on
the 28 acres attached to Food Truck Square. RDC Attorney Clay Patton said
the last payment will amount to approximately $62,625. Patton said a
representative of the Town will need to be present with him at the closing
of sale, the date for which is to be determined. The RDC voted to authorize
The RDC also heard
updates from the Duneland Chamber of Commerce on what will come of Food
Truck Square events next year and renewed its contract to have the Chamber
manage the events, upon Patton's review of the document. There are some
First, there will
be only five Food Truck Square events: one per month May through September.
Chamber President Maura Durham said she hopes having fewer dates will
improve the quality and attendance of the events, which the Chamber will
manage for a one-time fee of $5,200. The vendor fee has also been reduced
from $45 to $15.
There will be
alternate weather dates in case of bad weather. The Chamber makes the call
on cancelling. European Market Director Chad Burns said they typically only
cancel for severe weather, such as high winds and lightning. Food Truck
Square dates, as currently scheduled, are: May 15, June 12, July 17, Aug.
14, and Sept. 18.