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post Jan 13 2018, 01:20 PM
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I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the City's most embarrassing and clueless moment this year in modernization and redevelopment by turning down La Porte County's offer to jointly build a new courthouse in Michigan City for $22 million with only $6 million coming from the city. Instead they will now senselessly spend $16 million renovating the current courthouse which inconveniently sits dead in the middle of the intended redevelopment area directly across from a planned mid-rise hotel. Need any further proof of incompetent urban planning in this city? I wouldn't have cared if the money came from my taxes, I would have gladly cheered them demolishing that awful courthouse. Why have a new police station, city hall and courthouse? Nothing like showing outside investors how serious you are when you won't even take risks or contribute to redevelopment outside of infrastructure yourself.

Oh, and the city employing facadism for the new "state of the art" train station, according to Ron Meer is another giant gaffe. That facade is hardly relative, intricate or worth saving. Now we will have some ho-hum design limited in its scope and scale because they must incorporate some contrived historical value piece that no one in the city remotely cares about. Why build an avant garde train station when you can preserve an unsightly history...
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post Jan 15 2018, 04:58 PM
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I am trying to take ownership of a couple vacant lots that I purchased at tax the recent tax sales an would love to donate them to an organization such as the Wounded Warrior Project, Homes for Vets or homes for our troops which custom builds the home specifically catered to the needs of a disabled veteran and their families.

Would like to try to work with the different service clubs (VFW, DAV, American Legion, Guradian Riders, Wall Gang etc.) and make it happen.



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I am trying to take ownership of a couple vacant lots that I purchased at tax the recent tax sales an would love to donate them to an organization such as the Wounded Warrior Project, Homes for Vets or homes for our troops which custom builds the home specifically catered to the needs of a disabled veteran and their families.

Would like to try to work with the different service clubs (VFW, DAV, American Legion, Guradian Riders, Wall Gang etc.) and make it happen.



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post Jan 16 2018, 07:52 AM
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I am trying to take ownership of a couple vacant lots that I purchased at tax the recent tax sales an would love to donate them to an organization such as the Wounded Warrior Project, Homes for Vets or homes for our troops which custom builds the home specifically catered to the needs of a disabled veteran and their families.

Would like to try to work with the different service clubs (VFW, DAV, American Legion, Guradian Riders, Wall Gang etc.) and make it happen.
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Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County has a pot of money used for Veterans homes. There are income guidelines that have to be met. This affiliate has shared this money with other counties in the past. Contact your local Habitat for Humanity office and they can get in touch with the St. Joseph county office if you desire details.
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Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County has a pot of money used for Veterans homes. There are income guidelines that have to be met. This affiliate has shared this money with other counties in the past. Contact your local Habitat for Humanity office and they can get in touch with the St. Joseph county office if you desire details.

If I ever take ownership of the lots I would like to try to meet with the different post commanders and leaders of the clubs to see if there is any interest in taking on such a project.
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post May 18 2018, 12:03 AM
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Hardee's (Midwest First Star) has submitted a request for a zoning variance in a B-2 district to construct a building at Franklin and Village Rd. in the lot next to I-Hop. Popeye's has submitted the same request for the property between Starbucks and Fannie May where the small white house sits currently. A source has said Popeye's has backed out however or at least never submitted architectural prints for a building. They were awarded approval to locate in Dunes Plaza near Sonic at the same time Sonic was approved so they are dragging their feet majorly. A location switch and stalling with the building dept.

The construction at Elston's Legacy Apartments on Pine is ridiculously slow. They've been at it for 4 months solid and still nothing vertical. 800 ft. buildings with 10 times the footprint in Chicago have their foundations layed out, drilled, poured, towers cranes erected and the core is rising in less time than this.
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$45 Million 10 story condo designed by world class architect Dirk Lohan with 120 units, up-scale roof-top bar/restaurant with lake views and terrace, 7,000 Sq. Ft. ground floor retail. Groundbreaking scheduled for March 2020. Rent only $900-$1,200 for 1 & 2 bedroom units. Kudos to the city for finally getting it right and attracting a developer with vision and ambition while sticking true to their claim of turning Michigan City into a "world class" destination with world class architecture. This is only the beginning but a great example moving forward and the standard they should hold future projects to.


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