Miller overhead rendering

This rendering shows the area of the Miller South Shore station, with the type of possible future development hoped for after the Double Track project is complete. A steering committee that will offer advice on areas around South Shore stations will meet for the first time Monday.

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The nine-member committee created to help guide development around South Shore Line train stations will assemble for the first time Monday to discuss their roles and responsibilities if and when transit development districts are established.

Members come from the seven municipalities served by the South Shore, and from the two that will be, if the planned West Lake Corridor is built.

The Transit Development District Steering Committee will convene under the auspices of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, which was given the responsibility for establishing transit development districts, or TDDs, and using the funds generated by them to promote development.

Bill Hanna, president and CEO of the RDA, said the steering committee will advise decision-makers on creation of the districts and the type of development that would best suit them.

Committee members include: Marino Solorio, East Chicago; Bernard Doyle, Chesterton; Carolyn Saxton, Ogden Dunes; Brian Poland, Hammond; James Mueller, South Bend; Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary; Rich Murphy, Michigan City; Lynn Eplawy, Munster; and Scott Jefferson, Dyer.

The opportunity to establish TDDs was created by legislation enacted during this year's General Assembly. Growth in local property and income taxes in the districts will go to development funds administered by the RDA in Lake and Porter counties, and by the redevelopment commissions in Michigan City and South Bend for TDDs in those cities.

The districts can cover one-half square mile when established, and be expanded to one square mile after that.

The steering committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Purdue Technology Center, 9800 Connecticut Drive, Merrillville.

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