West Lafayette

WL celebrates opening of new fire station

Dec 21, 2012

The new West Lafayette fire station number three is officially open, after officials held a ribbon-cutting this morning.

It is located on Kalberer Road near Salisbury Street.

Fire station number three has been located in a converted Parks and Recreation building since 2007.

Chief Tim Heath says the new building will help firefighters provide better service to the community.

The land for the facility was donated to the city by the Purdue Research Foundation.

The estimated cost of the project was roughly $2.9-million.

APC approves WL housing complex

Dec 20, 2012

A West Lafayette housing complex is moving forward.

The Tippecanoe Area Plan Commission unanimously approved a proposal to construct a 266-unit development where Cumberland Avenue ends west of U.S 52.

Amy Glenn is against the project.

She lives near the proposed site and thinks the space could serve a better purpose.

"We have plenty of market saturation when it comes to available housing and rental units here in the area," said Glenn.  "I think better use for our community is to develop business and to bring growth for jobs rather than more housing."

Greater Lafayette is looking to further establish a relationship with China.

Leaders from Lafayette, West Lafayette, and Tippecanoe County met with a group from the Shandong Province, Thursday.

The goal was to share culture and discuss business opportunities.

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski calls the community’s relationship with China the best in the state.

Job Fair at Indiana Veterans' Home

Nov 19, 2012

Hoosiers looking for work are encouraged to attend a local job fair next week.

The Indiana Veterans' Home in West Lafayette is hosting the event.

There openings in nursing, maintenance, recreation, transportation, and food services.

The home currently employs about 300 people who work with about 265 veterans and their spouses.

There are full time job openings, which come with benefits, and part time jobs.

The Home will do on-sight interviews during the fair

The event is November 29th from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the home’s MacArthur Auditorium.

WL EDC approves Metronet bonds

Oct 23, 2012

A process to bring a fiber optic network to homes and businesses in West Lafayette is taking another step forward.

The city’s Economic Development Commission signed off on $2.5-million in bonds for Metronet to install the infrastructure.

Chairman Bill Baitinger believes this type of project will help attract more business to the community.

The city council and redevelopment commission still must approve the bond issuance, which is expected before the end of the year.

WL cuts ribbon on new roundabout

Oct 11, 2012
Mike Loizzo / WBAA Radio

West Lafayette officials say they are happy with the roundabout at Northwestern Avenue and Yeager Road.

City leaders held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the traffic circle Thursday morning.

Mayor John Dennis admits there have been some minor fender-benders and a few complaints, but overall, the intersection is working as planned. He says the roundabout is an ideal way to handle traffic in a city like West Lafayette.

Talks begin on New Chauncey long term plan

Oct 10, 2012

Members of the New Chauncey Neighborhood are putting together a plan for how it wants the community to grow.

They are working with architects, Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission staff, and the city of West Lafayette on the document.

Carl Griffin is part of the New Chauncey Neighborhood Team. 

He says the goal is to have a more uniform understanding of the type of projects that will be allowed in the area.

WL eyes land use map

Oct 2, 2012

A future land use plan is under construction in West Lafayette.

The City and Tippecanoe Area Plan Commission are developing it, specifically for the New Chauncey Neighborhood.

Ryan O’Gara is the Assistant Director of the APC. He says the document will help provide a clearer vision for future projects.

“A future land use plan map literally is a map of the neighborhood and it shows general areas where we'd like growth to occur and what type of growth," said O'Gara. 

Community of Choice committee developing

Oct 1, 2012

A committee is coming together to move Greater Lafayette forward.

The Community of Choice group is assembling 25 people to implement the goals outlined by Next Generation Consulting.

The organization recently unveiled eight objectives to make the area a better place to live and retain more young professionals.

Charlie Shook is part of the group organizing the committee.

He says the goal is to have a diverse set of members who represent various aspects of the community.

Emerald Ash Borer hits West Lafayette

Sep 25, 2012

West Lafayette is going to start removing trees that have the Emerald Ash Borer.

The beetle was found around the city and forester Bev Shaw says the plan is to get rid of all of those infected.

However, she says the process will be done over time.