CROWN POINT | An out-of-court settlement appears close in a case involving an off-site parking lot for the new city library set to open on Monday.
"We are near the finish line," attorney Adam Sworden said. Final terms of the settlement still need to be signed by the involved parties, Sworden said.
The settlement would resolve issues of street parking on Robinson Court as well as storm water drainage, landscaping and fencing on the lot, said Sworden, a lawyer with the firm Austgen Kuiper and Associates.
Austgen Kuiper and Associates occupies Main Street Professional Center, 2100 N. Main St., neighboring the proposed lot.
Main Street Professional Center in July sued the Crown Point Plan Commission and Board of Public Works and Safety, along with the Crown Point Community Library, regarding permitting of the parking lot.
The lot intended for employees and patrons during library hours is proposed for the northwest corner of Robinson Court and East Street, across the street from the new library. Start of work on the lot has been delayed while the lawsuit is pending in Lake Circuit Court.
A larger, main parking lot at the south entrance of the new library already is built.
The $12 million library will open as planned Monday, Director Lynn Frank said. Hopes are the secondary lot will be built before winter, Frank said.
Joe Irak, who represents the city board and commission in the lawsuit, agreed Thursday a settlement is within reach.
"I believe we've got an agreement that's going to be acceptable to all parties," Irak said.
The lawyer for the library, Adam Decker, did not return a call seeking comment.