GOSHEN — Homes are expected to start popping up along the Millrace canal before the end of 2015.
The Goshen Redevelopment Commission voted Tuesday, May 13, to sell six acres of land along the Millrace canal between Purl and Douglas streets to Millrace Neighborhood LLC. The redevelopment commission will retain a $500,000 lien on the property until the new owner invests at least $2 million into the real estate.
Six houses will be built by Nov. 30, 2015, and more homes will be constructed based on demand, according to the contract.
Millrace Neighborhood has also agreed to extend a sewer main to the west side of the alley at Purl Street and construct a water main on the east side of the alley from Purl Street to Douglas Street as part of the purchase agreement.
Any land not developed by Dec. 31, 2020, will be returned to the redevelopment commission.
A closing for the property is scheduled for July 1.
- The redevelopment commission opened bids to sell 118 E. Washington St., which houses The Electric Brew coffee shop, and the building next door at 120 E. Washington St., which houses Ignition Music Garage. Appraisals valued the buildings individually at $97,000 or $195,000 for both properties. The commission received one offer from David and Faye Pottinger to buy both buildings for $72,000. Because the bid was less than the appraisal, the commission must accept additional proposals over the next 30 days.
- The commission opened bids to sell the former Western Rubber property, which includes two parcels east of the railroad tracks between Douglas and Jackson streets. The appraisal for both properties was $137,500. The board received one bid from Genesis Products for $137,500. Staff is reviewing the offer.
- The commission ratified an agreement with TecServ Environmental Inc. for $6,467 for asbestos abatement at 311 W. Douglas St. and 208 W. Monroe St.
- The commission ratified an agreement with Abonmarche Consultants Inc. for roadway reconstruction and drainage improvement designs at Steury and Lincoln avenues. The cost of services is $89,800.
- The commission signed an agreement to buy 323 N. Main St. from Bob L. and Jolene Franks for $34,000.
- The commission signed an agreement with Vander Wey and Sons Masonry for $4,660 to repair bricks on a historic building at 324 S. Fifth St.
- The commission plans to sell a brick house east of the former Hawks Furniture building at 313 S. Third St. appraised at $65,000.
- The commission plans to sell a home at 617 S. Third St. appraised at $77,500. The tenants living in the home plan to offer a bid, according to Goshen community development director Mark Brinson. The home has lead paint issues that will be disclosed as part of the sale process, Brinson said.
- The commission approved a $400,000 loan agreement with LaCasa Inc. to renovate the north part of the historic Hawks Furniture building at 215 W. Madison St. The loan, which includes a 1 percent annual interest rate, must be repaid to the commission within 30 days of the first tenant moving into the building, by seven days of the closing date if LaCasa sells the building or by June 1, 2020.
- St. John the Evangelist Catholic School plants to use the former city street department site on the west side of the Millrace Canal for a field day event June 6.
- New World Arts will rent the former city street department site and the Powerhouse at 324 W. Washington St. for an event June 7.
- Kaeli Evans will rent the Powerhouse for an event June 14.
- The commission awarded a $6,200 contract to Jerry Reed Excavating LLC to demolish a building at 321 N. Main St. The company offered the lowest bid for the project.
- The commission authorized staff to negotiate an agreement with Brads-Ko Engineering and Surveying Inc. for up to $11,100 for supplemental survey work for a drainage project near Steury and Lincoln avenues.
- The commission authorized the Goshen Engineering Department to post requests for proposals on the Indiana Department of Transportation’s website for two projects. The first project is for the Ninth Street Trail from College Avenue to Purl Street. The estimated cost of the trail construction project is $1 million. The second project is for Waterford Mills Parkway from S.R. 15 to Regent Street. The Waterford Mills project is expected to cost more than $7.5 million. Both project would be 80 percent federally funded and 20 percent locally funded.
- The commission signed an agreement with Norfolk Southern Railroad and the Indiana Department of Transportation to install six railroad crossing warning devices. The cost of the design engineering and construction is estimated to be $1.76 million. The city will be responsible for $176,000 of the cost. The new devices will be installed at railroad crossings at Purl, Reynolds, Plymouth, Jackson, Burdick and New York streets.
- The commission authorized negotiation of a contract with C&E Excavating to construction River Race Drive from Douglas to Jefferson streets.
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