Developers crafting new plans for I-65, U.S. 231
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent June 18, 2013 11:48AM
Updated: June 18, 2013 1:21PM
CROWN POINT — Developers behind Ameriplex at the Crossroads in Merrillville and the Bass Pro Shops commercial development in Portage have their eye on 95 acres in the city.
Holladay Properties of Portage appeared before the Crown Point Redevelopment Commission last week to let members know they are in preliminary planning stages of developing a mixed-use business, office and light manufacturing development at Interstate 65, U.S. 231 and Delaware Street.
Tim Healy, Holladay senior vice president, said the company wanted to make the commission aware of the project as engineers, planners and financial consultants for tax increment financing district consideration come to the city to begin their work.
He said Holladay has been investigating the viability of the project and the type of businesses that would make it a successful development.
“At this point, from what we’ve learned so far, we think it will be successful. Locationally, that’s what the project needs to be,” Healy asid.
Commissioner Carol Drasga said plans about six years ago for development at the site, which included high-traffic retail stores or movie theaters, were met with strong opposition from the neighboring residential developments.
One of the biggest concerns among those residents was the potential for a high volume of traffic, she said, adding she is not trying to speak for those residents. While most residents would prefer to see the land remain undeveloped, a lower traffic development such as the preliminary plans shown recently might be more palatable.