West Lafayette

WL to put out bids for Aeration Tank

Jan 17, 2012

West Lafayette is adding an aeration tank for the first time in about 30-years.

City leaders hope construction of the fifth tank at the wastewater treatment plant begins this spring.

Utility Director Dave Henderson says it will come at minimal cost to tax payers, but believes the impact is significant.

He says if the city gets further into the 90th-percentile for capacity, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management can implement a sewer ban.

Henderson says a fifth tank will increase capacity as much as 17-percent.

Developer updates proposal for The Landmark in WL

Dec 29, 2011

Updated preliminary plans for a new retail-apartment complex in West Lafayette could go before the Area Plan Commission as soon as next month.

The project, known as The Landmark, is proposed for Northwestern Avenue, across from Mackey Arena and Lambert Fieldhouse.

Developer Marc Muinzer wants to build a 6 story building with nearly 38,000 square feet of retail space and 250 apartments containing 600 beds. The current proposal has 295 spaces and 14 on-street parking spots on Evergreen. 

New tenants expected at Wabash Landing in 2012

Dec 20, 2011

The former Border’s location in West Lafayette is being split up into eight retail spaces.

Wabash Landing LLC spokesperson Jim Curtis says lease negotiations are already underway for some of the spots.

In addition, two new businesses will move into the shopping complex.

Cold Stone Creamery and Rocky Mountain Chocolate will take over the Snow Bear Frozen Custard site, and Domino’s will replace Topper’s Pizza.

Curtis is hoping the city’s Redevelopment Commission can help develop a plan to bring more businesses to the pedestrian walkway.

WL working on updated WWTU plan

Dec 20, 2011

West Lafayette is updating its long term control plan to reduce the amount of raw sewage that flows into the Wabash River during heavy rain.

City officials looked at several alternatives for controlling Combined Sewer Overflows before deciding on a plan that consists of four projects at a total cost of 24-and-a-half-million dollars.

The Board of Works will consider adopting the document at its meeting next week.

Waste Water Utility director Dave Henderson says state statute requires the city to complete the projects in its long-term control plan by 2027.

New fire chief among changes coming to WL

Dec 19, 2011

The city of West Lafayette will soon have a new fire chief.

Phil Drew will step down at the end of the year at the request of the mayor.  Mayor John Dennis says the department needs new leadership to keep up with changes in the field.

The mayor plans to hire a new chief from within the current ranks.  Until then, Assistant Chief Jeff Holder will serve as interim chief.

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