Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs

New Lafayette I-65 Industrial Sites Ready For Business

Dec 18, 2015
Chris Morisse Vizza

A new industrial park in Tippecanoe County is the first site in the state to meet stiffer development standards and earn the designation of Indiana Site Certified Gold.

That means the 164 acre site bounded on the south by Haggerty Lane and on the east by I-65 ranks high on the list of properties marketed to business and industry leaders.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Later this month, Crawfordsville leaders will learn if they’re the recipients of millions of dollars in state aid through the Stellar Communities program.

It’s the fourth time the city has applied and the second time it’s been named a finalist. But the application is only half the process.

WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski went to Crawfordsville last week and tagged along as officials from the Lieutenant Governor’s office and the state’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs scouted the city.

Lafayette officials are taking steps to help develop vacant property downtown.

The site near the South Street bridge is officially a “blight spot” thanks to a city council resolution. Now, the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation is partnering with the city to pledge $50,000 for cleanup.

Council president Steve Meyer says that’s an important step in the development process.

"It would encourage a developer to come in and take a look at that property and perhaps develop it into some mixed-use, maybe, some trail or park area."