Fountain, planters planned for vacant Robertsdale lot

2012-09-08T20:30:00Z 2012-09-10T00:21:42Z Fountain, planters planned for vacant Robertsdale lotChelsea Schneider Kirk chelsea.schneider@nwi.com, (219) 933-3241 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | A vacant lot in a well–traveled area of Robertsdale is getting a new look.

The United Citizens Association Inc. plans to build a series of planters anchored by a fountain at the site, located at the intersection of Indianapolis Boulevard and Roberts Avenue.

The fountain will feature a reflecting pool and three geysers to acknowledge Lake Michigan, George Lake and Wolf Lake.

The property in old downtown Robertsdale was once home to Jen’s Apartment, formerly known as The Diamond Tap, before the bar burned down more than two years ago.

The group’s leaders hope the project will help an area they contend is in need of revitalization.

“I think projects like this many times serve as a catalyst for additional improvement,” said Tom Dabertin, vice president of the United Citizens Association.

The property owner donated the land to the Hammond Park Board, which will lease it to the group for a nominal fee.

The UCA was originally formed in the 1970s to save George Lake from being converted into a sand mine and sanitary landfill.

At the time, a commitment was made to the group’s initial donors that money would be set aside for a beautification project to commemorate the preservation of the lake, Dabertin said.

“The fountain is representing a key asset of the Whiting/Robertsdale area, which is our lakes,” Dabertin said.

The project will be constructed this fall with a dedication preliminary scheduled for next spring.

The project, expected to cost between $40,000 to $50,000, is being funded through the UCA and donations.

“It is a very high profile corner, and so it’s going to be seen by a lot of people,” said David Dabertin, president of the UCA.

Along with the fountain, the organization has spearheaded beautification projects across the Whiting/Robertsdale area. The UCA has headed up more than a dozen planter projects and has provided the hanging baskets on 119th Street from Calumet to Atchison avenues for 20 years, he said.

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