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Hobart’s marsh plan could lead to trails, gateways

HOBART — The Hobart Marsh Plan was approved by the City Council on Wednesday, following minor revisions and months of delays.

The council approved a new draft of the plan, which makes it clear that the marsh plan is part of the city’s comprehensive plan.

The Hobart Marsh Plan encompasses about 355 acres bounded by Interstate 65 on the west, South LaSalle Street to the east, 49th Avenue to the north and 57th Street to the south.

The intention is for it to contain hiking and biking trails, trail heads and gateways.

Councilwoman Monica Wiley, D, at-large, asked what would happen if a developer wanted to buy land located within the marsh’s boundaries.

Mayor Brian Snedecor said all council members feel it’s important that the plan wouldn’t prevent the city from considering a potential development.

Councilman John Brezik, D-5th, said the plan adopted Wednesday is a concept with no set boundaries as yet.

“It’s a great starting point and will be a very good benefit for the west side of the city. It’s meant to grow to a point and open us to a lot of positive things,” Brezik said.

The plan is endorsed by Friends of Robinson Lake. The lake and Robinson Lake Park are in the Marsh Plan footprint.

In other matters, the council approved an ordinance authorizing the issuance of $5.85 million in economic revenue bonds and a resolution providing personal property tax abatement, both benefiting ITR America LLC as it builds a new, larger facility at 6301 Northwind Parkway.

ITR America expects to be fully operational in its new $6.2 million, 100,000-square-foot building in the Northwind Crossings business park by 2014.

The distributor of heavy machinery equipment parts will add 20 new manufacturing and material handling employees next year and will purchase new distribution equipment for the facility.

The company now occupies 30,000 square feet of leased space in another building in the park. It currently employs 20 full-time workers in Hobart and 180 across North America.



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