Purchase would improve access to historic Cedar Lake cemetery

2013-06-20T18:30:00Z 2013-06-20T23:25:08Z Purchase would improve access to historic Cedar Lake cemeteryMary Wilds Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 20, 2013 6:30 pm  • 

CEDAR LAKE | The Cedar Lake Town Council has approved a purchase agreement that could have a direct impact on one of the most historic and obscure sites in town.

During its May meeting, the council approved a $15,000 purchase agreement for 13212 Marquette St., which is next to a town cemetery. The cemetery, only 0.06 acres, contains graves that date back to the Revolutionary War era.

“We want to improve access” to the cemetery, said Town Manager Ian Nicolini. The residential building at 13212 Marquette has been abandoned and dilapidated for years, and the town had an opportunity to buy the home and site.

The parcel had accumulated back taxes, but has been removed from the tax sales schedule. In addition to the purchase agreement, the town also petitioned the Lake County Board of Commissioners to dedicate the parcel to Cedar Lake.

Commissioners have yet to vote on the petition.

There are no other plans currently in place for the parcel beyond demolishing its building and disconnecting sewer lines on-site, town officials said.

However, the purchase is “a great opportunity to preserve and protect a really important historical site,” given that it is next to the cemetery, Nicolini said.

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