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Indiana 49 corridor plans to be presented

Updated: February 14, 2014 8:47PM



VALPARAISO — Those curious about the city’s plans for the Indiana 49 corridor can hear about them April 14.

The City’s Plan Commission scheduled a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. that day, just before the City Council meeting, to review the plans.

City Planner Tyler Kent said at Tuesday’s Plan Commission meeting that consulting firm Kendig Keast would present the State Route 49 Corridor Plan first to the commission for its recommendation. After that it would then be presented to the City Council.

The firm will then only have to make one trip to the city, Kent said.

Kent also recruited commission members Christa Emerson and Diane Worstell to be on the committee reviewing proposals for city land in the 100 block of Chicago Street.

After receiving numerous offers for the vacant lot and the parking lot across from Chicago Street Theatre, city officials decided to put the properties on the market.

The city will issue a request for proposals for developers and wants to see townhomes on the property to increase any downtown density.

City Administrator Bill Oeding has predicted the properties will likely sell for more than the $50,000 for which each had been appraised.

The committee will do a “blind review” of each proposal submitted.

Also at the meeting, the commission voted to recommend a house near Will Park zoned as public space be rezoned as residential transition district.

The house has been on the lot at 356 S. Morgan Blvd. since 1946, but banks won’t lend money on it because of the inappropriate zoning, said owner John Duey.

Commission President Bruce Berner said that often when a park goes in, all vacant land around it gets zoned public space until it gets rezoned for an appropriate use.

However, it’s unusual to do that to land with a house on it, he said.

Kent said that the land is more than three blocks from Valparaiso University, likely so far that it couldn’t be divided into apartments.

Duey said he doubts there’s enough land there to accommodate city-required parking.



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