City, schools to talk land deal
By Kitty Conley email@example.com October 22, 2013 12:00PM
The property on West Street is being considered by the town as an additional location to be used to serve a purpose in Crown Point's many town events. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 22, 2013 1:15PM
CROWN POINT — At the Oct. 14 meeting of the Crown Point Redevelopment Commission Mayor Dave Uran requested authority to begin negotiations with the Crown Point Community School Corp. about the property between West Street and the football field at Col. Wheeler Middle School.
The request was unanimously approved by the commissioners.
Non-voting commission member and School Board member Tom Hoffman noted, “This is a piece of property the School Board has owned for some time. My first idea had been that it would be a good location for the Library. That didn’t happen.”
Uran asked the commissioners to set aside $1 million to finance a potential agreement with the school corporation. That was part of the commissioners’ approval.
Uran added that he did not know if this might be a purchase or a long-term lease of the property, which previously was the school corporation’s transportation center.
The city would like to use that property for expansion of social and cultural events that are currently held either around the court house or on Main Street. In the past they have also talked about the construction of a band shell on that site, along with sufficient space for attendees and parking.
In other business, Redevelopment Commission member Carol Drasga, also a city councilwoman, once again asked about putting signs up around the square pointing to public parking.
City Engineer Tris Miles said, “We have locations marked out. We just got permission from INDOT.”
U.S. 231, which circles the square, is managed by the state of Indiana. He added, “I have to look into the minutes to check on financing.”
The commission had previously told Miles that they wanted the signs, but he has to check to see if they already approved the funding.
Uran told the commissioners that they have $1,764,762 in the bank, plus $375,232 in bond money and $1,852,651 in construction funds, and they have not received the second installment of 2012 real estate taxes payable in 2013. That should happen in November.
They have the funds from the Tax Increment Financing district to be used to improve the city’s redevelopment and infrastructure and for other community improvements. It is captured from real estate tax revenue raised improvments to commercial and industrial property within a TIF district.