By Brianna Pitts
MILFORD — After much deliberation, the Kosciusko County Redevelopment Commission chose Abonmarche to engage in the strategic planning for the CR 1300N corridor at a Sept. 14 meeting.
Redevelopment Commissioner Doug Hanes initiated the motion to move forward with Abonmarche, as opposed to competitor USI Consultants Inc., due to the thoroughness and quality of their presentation as well as the specificity of their strategy: choosing to focus on the 200 acre property as a key area of the total 1000 acres. The motion passed 5-0.
Crystal Welch, Abonmarche’s senior urban planner, was present at the meeting and thanked the commission for this opportunity.
County Redevelopment Commission President Joni Truex elected to have commissioners Doug Hanes and Jan Orban be the two representatives from the redevelopment commission on the CR 1300N corridor committee.
Truex also inquired about possibly involving Baker Tilly to handle either an expansion of the tax increment finance district or create an entirely new TIF. At the recommendation of Redevelopment Attorney Adam Turner, the commission decided it is still too early to tell which direction they will go concerning TIFs.
The next county redevelopment commission meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9.