WARSAW — Amendments of contracts for two projects were approved by the Warsaw Redevelopment Commission Monday afternoon, Nov. 7. The amendments were made on contracts with American Structurepoint Inc., for the Buffalo Street project and Troyer Group for the CR 300N road project.
Lengthy discussion was held prior to approval of the amendment with American Structurepoint. While the amendment focused on an additional $39,300 for preliminary schematics and environmental coordination, the discussion centered on why a roadway was being placed between the plaza and greenway space.
Mike Klondaris, commission member, repeatedly noted the roadway would detract from the view of the lake from the plaza. “There must be a better option,” he stated, adding “There has to be a better way. It really bothers me.”
Jeremy Skinner, city planner, noted there were numerous options discussed including a cul-de-sac and a round-about. But both would take up space from the plaza. He also noted the intent is to keep the road area as “skinny as possible” to force traffic to travel at 5-10 miles per hour. He also noted there would be curb bump outs for parking.
Skinner was asked if it is too late to look at something else. “I’m sure they made the decision based on many, many factors,” stated Klondaris. “I think the idea of putting a road there is not a good idea.”
Skinner stated there will be homes in that area as well as condominiums and there will be cars driving through there. “I’m not opposed to going back and seeing if there are other options,” said Skinner. He had stated the design plans were approved by the developer. He also noted the goal is to provide as much space as possible for a mixed use building. “That’s how they are paying for the project,” said Skinner.
It was also noted the road space in front of the plaza will be designed in such a manner it will “feel different than a road. When you go through, you will know you are going through a public space,” Skinner said.
The CR 300N road project, to cost an additional $43,295 is to completely redesign the project. This will include curbing, storm water, lighting and a side path. The contract with the company will now total $113,268. Skinner stated the redesign will include work that would have been done five to 10 years down the road to address grade issues on the east side of the road. The redesign will encompass the area on CR 300N from Silveus Crossing to Sheldon Street.
During other business the commission was given an agreement with HWC Engineering, Indianapolis, to assist the city with planning and implementation of development projects within the city, such as the redevelopment of the Gatke property and potential mixed-use development in the downtown. Skinner stated he did not have time himself to further develop these projects with all other projects currently in the works.
Commission members tabled to agreement to review and discuss further at the December meeting. The cost of the services are not to exceed $15,000.
Other business included the payment of claims ranging from engineering services, construction work, legal work, and bond payments.