No Major Environmental Impediments for the Double Track

The Double Track NWI Project has undergone an extensive environmental review process with the Northern Indiana Transit Commuter District and the Federal Transit Authority. A Phase II Environmental Assessment was completed in June 2017 and has found there to be no environmental impediments for the project. Eight soil samples were taken from sites along the proposed track and were tested for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) metals. The findings showed that the VOC, SVOC, and  RCRA metal levels in the soil and groundwater were within the mandated acceptable range given by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management for 2017, thus posing no threat to the NWI Double Track project.

 

To read more about the environmental process click here or to access the full Phase II report, click here.

Meridian Hospitality Group Named Developer for Gary Lakefront District

Meridian Hospitality Group was recently named Master Developer for the City of Gary. Meridian will be working in three primary areas: the Waterfront Redevelopment Area, the Lake Street District and Miller

TOD Area, and the Aetna Neighborhood. The development team is excited to capitalize on the various opportunities available in Gary and are “proud to be a part of the experience in creating a national model for redevelopment.” To read more about the Meridian Hospitality Group’s progress and plans for Gary, click here.

 

 

Double Track NWI Added to Federal Transit Administration Funding Recommendation List

The Federal Transit Administration put the South Shore Line’s two major projects — the West Lake Corridor and Double Track NWI — in its annual list of funding recommendations, a significant step in moving those projects forward. Double Track would be a new set of rails between Gary and Michigan City, along with new stations in Gary’s Miller area, Portage/Ogden Dunes and Michigan City. Its capital cost would be $321 million, plus $33.5 million for financing, for a $354.5 million total.

 

To read more about the FTA list click here. For further information on Double Track NWI click here.

Gary News Update – September 2017

 Double Track N.W.I.

A crucial component in the implementation of the Lakefront District project is the improvement of the Miller Station. The current plans call for double tracking between Gary and Michigan City and will also make Miller station an origination station in order to directly connect Miller Station to Chicago.

A proposal from South Shore Line (SSL) is in the works to expand the existing rail line from Michigan City to Chicago. With the addition of a second track, the SSL will be able to achieve faster travel times, operate more trains, and create a safer road, rail, and pedestrian environment in Michigan City—all while better connecting Gary to Chicago and Michigan City in order to accelerate growth.

The SSL is in the process of the study and assessment phase of this project; an Environmental Assessment is currently being undertaken in order to have the potential for federal funding for the project.

For more information, visit http://www.doubletrack-nwi.com/

 

Lakefront Hotel

The Gary Redevelopment Commission has approved a master plan proposal that includes an agreement with Meridian Hospitality Group LLC that calls for the hospitality group to eventually complete construction of a hotel and 250 housing units on the East Lakefront area near Marquette Park. The process will include an intensive planning and pre-planning phase which will last about 18 months and include extensive studies and master plan preparation. The boundaries of the development project include roughly to Aetna Street on the west, County Line Road on the east, and the toll road to the south.

Source: Ed Bierschenk, Northwest Indiana Times, August 21, 2107.

 

For more information on the Gary Lakefront District, visit https://lakefrontdistrict.com/

HUD Strong Cities Strong Communities Report

This report details the Strong Cities Strong Communities initiatives at work in Gary since 2011. All together, these initiatives have successfully brought in roughly $34.5 million in coordinated investment to combat the various challenges that have faced Gary during the past 50 years.

Gary Lakefront District Plan June 6th

This presentation on Zoning and Form-Based Codes in Gary was given at a stakeholder meeting on June, 6th 2016.

Questions or comments? Get in touch with us using our Contact Form.

Lakefront District Form-Based Code Study

This presentation on the Lakefront District Form-Based Code Study was given as part of the April 6th, 2016 stakeholder meeting.

The presentation provides an overview of the zoning framework for the Lakefront District Plan. Urban designer Christopher Stienon of Vita Nuova reviews step-by-step an introduction to the project, a schedule of upcoming meetings, an outline of the intended project outcome, and a review of the analysis done to date of the sub-districts of the Lakefront.

Questions or comments? Get in touch with us using our Contact Form.

Stakeholder Meetings Scheduled for April 6th-7th and May 23rd-24th

As part of this continuing stakeholder outreach effort, Gary Strong Cities/Strong Communities, OBLR, EPA Region 5, EMS and Vita Nuova will host three stakeholder meetings to be held in community venues procured or provided by the Gary Strong Cities/Strong Communities Team. These meetings will provide key opportunities to gain stakeholder feedback about the design, nature and progress of the Gary Lakefront District Revitalization Plan Implementation.

These stakeholder meetings are scheduled to take place on April 6th-7th, 2016 and May 23rd-24th, 2016. Keep posted to our website for more information as we approach these meeting dates.

Community Revitalization Plan Implementation Kicks-Off on March 17th, 2016

The City of Gary, the EPA, and consultants EMS and Vita Nuova kicked-off the Gary Lakefront District Community Revitalization Plan Implementation project on March 17th, 2016. The group reviewed the project schedule, project products, sub-district analysis, city data, and key tasks.

Take a look at the presentation on our Resources page.

USEPA + HUD Fund Next Steps in Lakefront District Revitalization

Through the sustainable communities partnership, EMS, Vita Nuova and National Development Council (NDC) have been contracted to work on the Lakefront District Implementation Plan. Key outcomes for this plan are land use and development-by-right zoning for the district.  The process is expected to take six months to complete.

The EMS, Vita Nuova, and NDC team will assist the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR) in its support of the third and final phase of Region 5’s Strong Cities/Strong Communities project focusing on the implementation of Gary, Indiana’s Lakefront District Community Redevelopment Plan.

The project team will continue their efforts to engage residents, local businesses, landholders, elected officials, the National Park Service, and other stakeholders in a planning effort to define a community vision on potential future uses for properties in the Lakefront Development District section of the Gary Northside Redevelopment Project Corridor. Earlier phases of this project resulted in the development of the Lakefront Development District Community Revitalization Plan. The work under this task order will build upon the community outreach work done during Phases 1 and 2 to create a vision for redevelopment of a corridor anchored by Gary’s two main train stations. The geographic scope of the work on this project during Phase 3 will include the Transit Opportunity District (TOD), the Light Industrial Corridor, and the properties adjacent to Route 20 between I-65 and Clay Street. This will result in the development of a final, formal plan for incorporation into the City of Gary’s Comprehensive Plan.

For more on the geographic scope, Phases 1 and 2, and previous work done to bring the revitalization of this area about, please visit our Resources page.