Details emerge on demolition of Valpo’s Porter hospital
ByJames D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent November 13, 2012 2:32PM
Updated: November 13, 2012 5:05PM
VALPARAISO — City officials heard more details about spring’s demolition of the old Porter hospital, although there’s still no date set.
Project engineers from the firm DLZ said at Tuesday’s Site Review Committee meeting that the building would come down sometime in 2013’s second quarter — April to June — and that they’re taking bids for the demolition in the first week of December.
The laundry and medical arts building will remain, as will a parking lot east of the hospital which Valparaiso University wants to use, but the hospital will become an empty field.
City department heads and representatives asked whether the old 3D building across Lincolnway would be included in the demolition, but engineers had no plans. The hospital used the lot of the old 3D store site for employee parking.
Before demolition begins, a safety fence will go around the hospital.
The city doesn’t want trucks hauling debris to use LaPorte Avenue. Public Works Director Matt Evans proposed they use Sturdy Road to Lincolnway and to Garfield.
Valparaiso will make videos of the streets prior to truck traffic and seek restitution for any damages, Evans said. The hospital company will also need to replace any sidewalks and city trees removed.
Project manager Steven Winters of DLZ said the contractor will decide in what phases the building would come down.
The contractor might crush rock on site, and that could be used for fill. The contractor will also file dust and noise plans, and DLZ wants to install a temporary fire hydrant on site to keep dust down and avoid having water trucks travel in.
Also at the committee meeting, representatives for Porter’s Vale shopping center, located east of Indiana 49, announced that two larger stores could move in come spring: Hobby Lobby at the south end and Gordman’s at the north end.
Representatives for Lauth, the developer and landlord, said they plan to construct pads but that the stores will do the construction themselves.
Gordman’s is a department store and would be about 50,000 square feet.
For Hobby Lobby’s 56,900 square feet building, Lauth’s would remove a smaller store on the southern end.
A corporate spokesman for Lauth declined to comment on the certainty of the businesses going in. “Nothing’s definite in this business,” he said. “We’re making preparations in case of their coming.”