Tony Roswarksi

The Hoosier State passenger rail line will keep running for another year after the state reached an agreement Tuesday with Amtrak just hours before funding was scheduled to run out. 

Lafayette residents passed on their chance to offer official comments on the city’s proposed budget for next year.

The public hearing Wednesday night for the spending plan, which totals a little more than $55 million, did not produce any suggestions or complaints.

While the budget is a 4.5% increase over the current year, Controller Mike Jones says the numbers are conservative because some items remain unknown.

INDOT begins Hoosier State negotiations with Amtrak

Sep 24, 2013

The Indiana Department of Transportation is negotiating now with Amtrak on continuing the Hoosier State Line. Federal funds run out October 1st for the four-days-a-week service between Chicago and Indianapolis.

An INDOT spokesman says more information will be revealed Thursday during a joint study committee of the legislature on transportation issues. The hearing includes testimony from local leaders along the Hoosier State Line.

Parking fines set to increase in Lafayette

Sep 16, 2013
Mike Loizzo / WBAA Radio

The City of Lafayette is considering a hike in parking fines. The Parking Commission approved the move Monday.

Officials say it’s been roughly 15 years since the last increase in parking fines. Compared to West Lafayette, Bloomington and Muncie, the city currently has lower penalties.

MatchBOX Coworking Studio financing

Jun 27, 2013

Organizers of a coworking space in downtown Lafayette are putting the financing together.

While the space is being leased from the Tippecanoe County Public Library for $1 per year, the city is paying to renovate the facility. The library uses a portion of the Stein Building at 6th and South streets.

Lafayette’s Economic Development and Redevelopment commissions approved plans to sell up to $1.5 million in economic revenue bonds. The money would be used to build out the 10,000 square foot facility with conference rooms and work stations.

When the Lafayette Park Board voted in January to close the municipal golf course, there were no future plans for the site. Now, seven firms have come forward to show interest in making the property an asset to the Greater Lafayette area. The Wabash River Enhancement Corporation board received potential project plans Thursday morning.

Executive Director Stan Lambert says the companies are well known and have done quality work with other developments. However, he thinks working with a riverfront project is unique.

Lafayette leaders are increasing efforts to recycle more.

Last year, the city saved more than $180,000 by recycling and not hauling trash to the landfill. Mayor Tony Roswarski says while that’s good, more can be done.

“We’re going to try a pilot program here, hopefully towards the end of the year if the money all works out,” he says, “where we start taking back people’s blue bins and we give them a large toter for their recycling and then a small toter for their garbage.”

SIA expansion to add up to 900 jobs

May 8, 2013

Subaru of Indiana Automotive plans to expand its Lafayette plant again. The company announced Wednesday morning it will add production of the Subaru Impreza in 2016.

The expansion means an investment of more than $400 million and the creation of up to 900 new jobs.

SIA executive vice president Tom Easterday says this is an economic boon for the entire community.

A multi-million dollar development is in the works for the former Home Hospital site. An assisted living facility will be built on the site, costing roughly $14 million.

Officials with developer Mainstreet Property Group say the project could be completed as soon as next summer.

Director of development Doug Pedersen says amenities at the building will make it more like a hotel and less like a hospital.

Mike Loizzo / WBAA Radio

The developers of Lafayette’s Chatham Square community say their construction work should be finished in September. However, Brinshore Development will come up one house short of plans.

Senior Vice President Peter Levavi says the goal was to build ten owner-occupied homes for low and moderate income families, but there’s only enough money to pay for eight. He says sales were slow last year under one realtor, because they were priced too high.

The miscalculation has caused a shortfall in the amount of subsidized funds still available.