Hobart panel authorizes condemnations to acquire parcels

2013-11-12T19:07:00Z 2013-11-12T23:18:14Z Hobart panel authorizes condemnations to acquire parcelsDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | The Board of Works has paved the way for future improvements to 61st Avenue by granting the city attorney authority to begin eminent domain proceedings if necessary.

The city needs to buy 24 parcels along 61st Avenue to widen and improve the stretch of road. The work comprises the third and final phase of an improvement project on 61st, Clerk-Treasurer Deborah Longer said.

The move by the board gives City Attorney Anthony DeBonis the authority pursue condemnation proceedings if necessary.

The city is on schedule to begin the final phase in spring 2015.

Those improvements would begin at Arizona Street and end at Ind. 51. The third phase's estimated cost is $13.9 million.

Longer said most parcel owners have agreed in principle to sell their parcels to the city. There are two holdouts, she said.

"This will show them we mean business," Longer said.

Officials also learned the city received a $6,800 rebate from NiSource through the Energize Indiana program.

The city received the rebate after installing emergency efficient lighting in the back gym at the city's Police, Court and Community Building off Fourth Street.

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