Family Express gets help from city
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org January 22, 2013 12:22PM
This artists rendering shows the new Gas City that will be on the corner of North and Indiana Streets in Crown Point. | Photo Provided~Sun-Times Media
CROWN POINT — The Redevelopment Commission on Jan. 14 agreed to help the Family Express development on North Street and Indiana Avenue with $30,000 toward the rehabilitation of the contaminated northwest corner of its property.
The environmental conditions of the site require a cleanup. The money will reimburse Family Express when the work is done.
Engineer Jeff Ban of DVG was at the meeting representing Family Express. He introduced Todd Etzler, the general counsel for Family Express.
Etzler told the commissioners they are making a $2.1 million investment in this site.
This Family Express will offer gas sales, a mini-market and a car wash, and officials said they want to be good neighbors. They are spending an additional $45,000 to make the building all masonry to fit into the neighborhood and development along Broadway.
Etzler displayed a photo of what it will look like, with the roof lines, white pillars and red brick.
The city also has asked Family Express to install a tank for distribution of E-85 gas. The city has a number of E-85 cars and is eligible for more federal funding for them. The E-85 tank will cost an additional $85,000 to what had been planned.
Family Express will use union labor. The only part that might not be union will be the people who install the specialty tanks, which are owned by the fuel provider, not Family Express.
Because of the extras Family Express is putting in to exceed city standards, Etzler asked for a grant from the city to defray the extra expense with clearing up the environmental conditions that preceded its ownership of the land.
It was approved for up to $30,000.