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Updated: March 12, 2013 10:56PM



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White Castle move progressing

White Castle will move from the southeast corner of Washington Street and U.S. 30 to the southeast corner of Sturdy Road and U.S. 30 will come by summer’s end.

Kyres Realty presented revised subdivision plans for the Sturdy corner at Tuesday’s Site Review Committee meeting, including moving the access to U.S. 30 farther east and extending the frontage road that goes in front of Staples to the White Castle.

White Castle will go before the Site Review Committee and then the Board of Zoning Appeals for a variance because in adhering to the coming standards for the area that puts parking behind buildings, it’s too close to U.S. 30.

Plans also include a 4,300-square-foot restaurant between Staples and White Castle on U.S. 30, and a 2,400-square-foot retail building south of White Castle on Sturdy, but neither has an occupant.

Project Manager Bill Arden said they are still working on a drainage solution for a retention pond on the property’s southeast corner.

Tax abatement to start in 2014

Indiana Beverage, the former North Coast Distributing, will pay a full $265,000 in property taxes this year because its planned 10-year tax abatement will start next year.

City Economic Development Director Matt Murphy told the City Council on Monday that because the proper forms for the abatement were mailed to the company’s old headquarters on Sturdy Road instead of the new building at 2850 Barley Road, south of U.S. 30, the abatement didn’t get filed with Porter County on time.

Although the company and city could file it late, that would mean a shortfall of $117,000 of expected income in city funds and $92,000 for the school district.

Instead, the 10-year abatement will begin next year, starting with a 100 percent tax abatement that decreases each year by 10 percent.

The resolution the council passed for the change stated the city wouldn’t make a second exception if paperwork isn’t filed in following years.



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