CROWN POINT | A key new gateway to the city is seeing budding construction, including a senior living complex and a gas station.
Workers early this month poured foundations for a Speedway station on the southwest corner of 109th Avenue and Broadway, Speedway construction specialist Tony Jaynes said.
A mid-January opening is planned for the 3,900-square-foot service station and convenience store, Jaynes said.
At the northeast corner, construction is under way for the $4.5 million Bickford Senior Living 58-unit facility expected to open in late summer 2013, spokeswoman Carrie Tatroe said.
The outlines of the building foundation have been poured, and a marketing trailer is expected on site by late this month, Tatroe said.
The projects come on the heels of the September 2010 opening of the 109th Avenue interchange off Interstate 65, with its potential for economic development on the city's east side.
To help capitalize on opportunity, city officials are sprucing up the entrance from I-65 west along North Street, as 109th is called in city limits, to lure visitors along North Street from the interstate to the downtown.
"The new library just opened and additional downtown revitalization is planned," said Christopher Meyers, Crown Point planning and building administrator.
The $12 million library and a rebuild of Centier Bank on the square "are the kind of big pieces for the downtown," Meyers said.
Along the way, work is nearly done on a $3.5 million second phase of improvements to the city owned, 95-acre sports complex at 1300 E. North St., including new softball fields and other amenities.
A $3 million first phase of work last year built artificial turf fields for football and soccer and improved access to the complex from North Street.
Creating a revitalization district encompassing the intersection of North Street and Indiana Avenue was approved in July to help stimulate development.
A 3,000-square-foot Family Express gas station and convenience store is planned to open early next year at the location.