Portage commission purchases three parcels of land

2013-11-22T17:30:00Z 2013-11-22T20:12:14Z Portage commission purchases three parcels of landJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | The Redevelopment Commission this week approved the purchase of three parcels of land.

The largest parcel is the so-called warehouse 57, a 200,000-square-foot warehouse west of the Burns Waterway and north of U.S. 12. I t was bought from the Portage Park Foundation for $250,000.

The building, currently being used by U.S. Steel, was donated to the park foundation by the former National Steel Corp. some years ago, said John Shepherd, the city's economic development adviser.

National Steel donated the facility to the parks foundation in lieu of paying a fine to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for environmental violations.

The contract with U.S. Steel to use the building expires Dec. 31, 2014, Shepherd said, and the building will be demolished after the contract expires. The building is in the area of proposed future expansion of the Lakefront and Riverwalk Park.

The second parcel is a former bait shop along U.S. 20 just east of Ind. 249. The property was purchased for $55,000 and will be demolished. It is located in the U.S. 20 redevelopment area.

The final parcel is a home at 1813 Bailey St., just off U.S. 20. The parcel was bought from the Garzella family for $127,500.

Shepherd said the home, which is located in an industrial area that is part of the U.S. 20 redevelopment area, also will be demolished. The land likely will be used as a stormwater improvement area in the future.

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