WARSAW – GoToMeeting and the city’s livestream service were used in combination Monday when the city’s redevelopment commission met remotely.
Warsaw Redevelopment board members tuned in through GoToMeeting and a screen displayed their images in the council chambers where City Planner Jeremy Skinner and Board Secretary Kim Arnold were seated and seen on the city’s livestream.
Once underway, Skinner and the board acclimated to the somewhat awkward need to introduce themselves most every time they talked.
The few votes taken by the board Monday were individual roll call votes to ensure an accurate recording.
In separate moves, the board took another step toward the disposal of two properties involved in separate projects.
One involves a tract of land between Center and Market streets that will be deeded over to the company constructing a senior housing complex. Construction is set to begin this summer.
The other is the disposal of land currently occupied by the vacant old Indiana American Water building and the old city parks office. That land will be used for the future multi-use building that is part of the Buffalo Street redevelopment project with Matthews LLC of South Bend.
Tenants for the building have not yet been announced and an update of what it will look like has not yet been released.
The move on the senior housing project was a final step in the transition of the property, while the motion involving the Buffalo Street property sets the stage for the transfer of property. More agreements need to be signed before the land shifts in ownership to Michael Kinder and Sons.
Skinner was asked afterward if construction on those two projects could be delayed as a result of the on-going health emergency.
“Knock on wood, I don’t think it’s affecting those projects that are almost to the finish line, but a lot can change in the next month,” Skinner said.
He said he was unsure when the final steps of construction of the roundabout project on CR 300N will get underway. Once it restarts, the road will once again be closed, Skinner said.