Redevelopment Commission discusses Powerhouse, Kercher and vaults
Posted: 12/12/2012 at 1:15 am
By: Nick Wesman
One topic that moved beyond the earliest phases was the Millrace Powerhouse that the Commission is looking to lease. Falling Waters LLC in South Bend offered to use the building to produce hydrokinetic electric energy and lease the building for $10,020 per year. The proposal was sent to a committee of city staff and representatives from the commission for review.
The commission also authorized the engineering department to issue a request for proposals from companies to perform a topographical survey and design of Kercher Road from the Norfolk Southern Marion Line to Dierdorff Road.
The city is planning to widen that stretch of Kercher Road to include a center turn lane. Civil city engineer Mary Cripe said that stretch is responsible for the highest rate of rear-end accidents in the city and the city hopes the turn lane would help cut down on that number.
Preliminary discussions were also held on the conceptual plan for River Race Drive and setting up a review committee for capital projects in the consolidated southeast tax increment fund district.
The commission also held talks on the continuing downtown vault issue, and eventually gave the engineering department approval to request proposals for further investigation.
After an original look at downtown buildings earlier this year, investigators found about 47 areas that city staff were not able to access to determine whether a vault was present and if there was a need for filling them in.
Though community development director Mark Brinson said they believe the majority of the structures are probably already in good repair, the engineering department wished to request proposals for firms with ground-penetrating radar to check for vaults in need of work just to be safe.
At the end of the meeting, Doug Risser, co-owner of Menno Travel, urged commission members to attend a public presentation of a study done on the future of the Goshen Theater Thursday morning at 9 a.m.