Offices planned at old McGill site in Valpo
By James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent October 2, 2012 4:10PM
Updated: November 4, 2012 6:20AM
VALPARAISO — The old McGill Manufacturing factory downtown may get more renovations before year’s end — a smaller building on a foundation behind the plant where a pole barn stood.
At the Site Review Committee meeting on Tuesday, representatives of Valparaiso Partners, which owns the building at 259 W. Indiana Ave., presented a scaled-down version of their 2008 plan for an office building.
The planned 2,400-square-foot building would have a law office on the second floor, but the lower level would remain a shell until it gets a tenant.
The original plan of a 3,200-square-foot building with a garage area was scaled back because of the economy, Tom Kruger of K2 Construction said.
Valparaiso Partners won the Heritage Award in this year’s 45th annual Greater Valparaiso Community Improvement Awards for its renovation of the building.
City officials at Site Review Committee meeting were concerned that a 1993 zoning variance for lot size and 2008 variances for set backs have expired, but Valparaiso Partners attorney Bill Ferngren said he didn’t believe they would expire.