Hobart City Hall

A new business park planned for Hobart could bring several benefits to the community, and city officials are looking at options to help the project advance.

Mayor Brian Snedecor views Holladay Properties’ AmeriPlex Southlake as an opportunity to bring new development to Hobart and create jobs.

“We all realize how important it is,” he said of the project planned for property near 61st Avenue and Colorado Street.

As planning continues for AmeriPlex Southlake, city officials said sanitary sewer lines need to be extended to service the property.

Several municipal entities are considering options that could move that work forward so development could begin there.

Solutions could involve several steps and carry a total cost around $5 million.

The process could include relocating a lift station currently north of 61st Avenue. City Engineer Phil Gralik said the station could be moved closer to the AmeriPlex site.

In addition to serving the business park, the station would handle flow from a wide area around it, Gralik said.

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Proposed sewer work also could help address septic system issues in a nearby neighborhood, officials said.

No decisions have been made regarding how to fund the sewer project, which could be separated into phases. Director of Development Denarie Kane said a possible financing option involving the Redevelopment Commission and Redevelopment Authority could produce close to $1.8 million.

Gralik said Hobart’s Sanitary/Stormwater District needs to wait before it could make a financial commitment to the project.

He said the district has applied for $5 million from the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission for numerous stormwater projects it has planned throughout the city, and Hobart won’t know the commission’s decision on that request until February.

The Sanitary/Stormwater District will have a clearer picture of its future finances after the commission takes action on the funding application.

Snedecor said the AmeriPlex development could have a significant impact on the community, and Hobart could pursue additional funding sources for the sewer work. That could include the use of Hobart’s economic development dollars.

Kane said Hobart also will have conversations with Holladay regarding how it could assist with the sewer project.

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