VALPARAISO | The city is being offered a chance to grow and add a "shovel ready" industrial site it wants so much.
The city's Plan Commission will be asked Tuesday to consider a request by Von Tobel Corp. to annex 54 acres east of the Montdale Industrial Park on U.S. 30. Company spokesman Ken Pylipow said the property has belonged to the company for a long time and has been for sale for many years.
The annexation would extend the city's boundary from County Road 325 East to County Road 400 East, Pylipow said. The area already has sewer, but annexation would make it eligible to get city water as well.
"The city has been looking for a shovel ready site," Pylipow said. "The parcel to the west also is for sale with the same real estate company, and we thought it would be easier to market the two together. We have no prospects to sell the property and no plans to develop it."
The adjacent vacant parcel already is within the city, he said. City Planning Director Tyler Kent said the Von Tobel property has a pole barn on it, and the request is for the property to be annexed as two lots.
The plan commission will hold a public hearing on the request Tuesday and is expected to vote on it at its July meeting. It would then go to the City Council for a second hearing and a final vote.
The plan commission also will hear a request from Porter's Vale Shopping Center LLC to change the plans for five outlots along LaPorte Avenue that originally were proposed for restaurants and a gasoline service station. Instead of five, the change would allow for three, larger outlots, but Kent said no building plans are proposed.
The commission meets at 7 p.m. at city hall.