Meeting set for Wednesday on downtown Elkhart sewer project

Find out more details and get your questions answered from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at the Lerner Theatre.

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 1:12 p.m.

ELKHART — Get your questions ready.

A meeting's set for Wednesday, March 19, on plans to dig up a downtown parking lot and bury a large sewer collection tank below it.

The Elkhart Public Works Department is hosting the informational gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cittadine Room at the Lerner Theatre, 410 S. Main St. Reps will take questions and plan to have answers already prepared to some questions that have already surfaced.

For live updates on the gathering while it's occurring, follow reporter Tim Vandenack on Twitter at @timvandenack.

The city's plans call for installation of a million-gallon tank below the Gause city parking lot off Waterfall Drive between Jackson Boulevard and Lexington Avenue to capture excess sewer runoff during heavy storms. Waterfall Drive there will be closed during the project, which is set to start in July and take 18 months to two years to complete.

Some downtown merchants and others have expressed concern about the plans, worried the work will hamper access to downtown business and scare off customers. Two new lots will be created with the temporary closure of the Gause lot and downtown officials are working on plans to minimize the impact and address the jitters.

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