Redevelopment Commission Considers Potential Projects

The town has $500,000 to allot towards improvements.

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 2:47 a.m.

Meeting: Middlebury Redevelopment Commission

When: Thursday

Key action: Approved using around $500,000 from the Middlebury East TIF district for implementation of projects in Middlebury’s comprehensive strategic growth plan.

The Elkhart County Redevelopment Commission created the Middlebury East TIF district to help the town improve infrastructure on the north end of Middlebury near the Meijer plant. Some of the TIF revenue is being used for water system improvements and to pay on the bond Middlebury has for its wastewater system improvements, but the fund has about $500,000 dollars in it that have not been allotted to a project.

The Middlebury Redevelopment Commission decided they should go towards implementation of the town’s strategic plan. Possible usages may include buggy lanes on C.R. 16, street lights, improving entrances into town and signage and wayfinding. The committee that created the Middlebury Strategic Growth Plan, consisting of town government officials, Middlebury Chamber of Commerce members and others, will meet to decide how they think the funds should be used.  Ideas will be brought back to the Middlebury Redevelopment Commission and the Middlebury Town Council.

Other actions:

Heard of plans north of Middlebury near the toll road to create a S.R. 13/C.R. 2 TIF district to provide sanitary sewer and road improvements for industrial growth in that area.

Heard that the waste water treatment plant improvements are progressing, and the water main extension and looping project to the Elroy Drive industrial park area will go out to bid very soon. Heard that L&R is doing an expansion project on Elroy Drive as well as Jayco.

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