West Lafayette

New lift station in the works in West Lafayette

Jul 10, 2012

West Lafayette is moving forward with a nearly $4.5-million project.

The city is accepting bids for a lift station and force main.

Designer Joe Teusch says it will serve a roughly 780 acre area around Kalberer Road, Soldiers Home Road, and Kent Avenue.

He hopes to accept the best bid by September.  Teusch says if everything goes according to schedule, the lift station could be complete by late next year.

The city is applying for state revolving fund loans to help pay for the project.

Faith Church requests tax exemption

Jun 28, 2012

Land in West Lafayette acquired by a local church appears to be tax exempt.

The Tippecanoe Tax Board of Appeals is reviewing Faith Church’s plan to build a community center along Northwestern Avenue.

County Assessor Linda Phillips says there is no reason to believe the land won’t be granted a tax exemption.

Under Indiana law, land owned by religious organizations is exempt from being taxed.

The board has 90-days to review Faith’s proposal.

Fireworks ban extends to Purdue, WL

Jun 26, 2012

West Lafayette and Purdue are joining Lafayette in prohibiting the use of fireworks.

The move is done to prevent any fires during the current drought.

Both the university and cities also have implemented a burn ban.

The restrictions on fireworks will last through the ban or until Friday night at five. That’s when state law specifically allows the use of fireworks prior to the 4th of July holiday.

Anyone who violates the ban could face fines up to $250.

West Lafayette is partnering with the Purdue Research Foundation to fund a study of the New Chauncey neighborhood.

The city’s Redevelopment Commission approved a contract not to exceed 30-thousand dollars for its half of the cost.

Mayor John Dennis says one goal is to identify what areas of the historic neighborhood need to be revitalized.

He says concerns from residents about the Wang Hall project encroaching on residential areas prompted the idea for the study.

Dennis says that is why the Research Foundation is involved.

Local unemployment rises in May, steady statewide

Jun 15, 2012

Unemployment is up by more than one-percent in West Lafayette compared to a month prior.

The city’s rate was 5.3-percent in May compared to 4.2 in April.

Lafayette is experiencing a similar trend, but not as drastic.

There, the unemployment jumped from 7.4 in April to 7.8 last month.

Tippecanoe County as a whole in May was at seven-percent, more than a half-of-a-percent more than in April.

Statewide, the unemployment rate remained unchanged during that time at 7.9-percent.

That’s three tenths less than the national average.

A more than $5-million project through Purdue expects to help traffic flow easier.

The first phase of what is known as the Perimeter Parkway is complete along Harrison Street near the Veterinary School.

It’s part of a long range plan to improve travel through campus and parts of West Lafayette.

City public works director Dave Buck says the project makes getting around Purdue more efficient.

The project took just over a year to complete and came in under budget.

It cost $5.1-million, which is $500,000 less than projected.

Local, state unemployment rates drop

May 18, 2012

Tippecanoe County’s unemployment rate for April is almost one-percent better than the previous month.

It dropped from 7.2-percent in March to 6.4 last month.

The city of Lafayette improved to 7.3-percent in April.

West Lafayette’s rate fell six-tenths to 4.2.

That falls in line with what’s happening throughout the state.

Indiana’s unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in three years at 7.9-percent.

WL unveils new feature in the Village

May 11, 2012
Beverly Shaw / City of West Lafayette

A sculpture from a local artist has a new home in West Lafayette.

Ben Sutter’s Point of Departure has been installed outside Greyhouse Coffee on the corner of Northwestern and State Streets.

Greyhouse owner Jason Tennenhouse helped the project along from its early stages. He says it represents the experience of many Purdue students.

Purdue Research Park Attracts Illinois Business

Apr 11, 2012

A Peoria, Illinois company is opening a new facility in the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette.

Automotive Robotics Proving Labs Incorporated plans to construct a 50,000-square-foot building for testing engine designs, specifically for Caterpillar.

The project will bring 30 new permanent jobs to the area.

The facility is expected to cost about $10-million and ground is scheduled to break this spring.

Officials hope to have it complete by sometime next year.

West Lafayette officials are supporting two major developments planned for the city.

Council members approved rezoning requests for a residential building at Grant and Harrison streets and a new Faith Ministries project on Northwestern Avenue.

Plans for the “Faith West” complex include a recreation and worship area, a fitness center, and space for retail and food service.

Mayor John Dennis says the development will benefit the community in many ways.