Big Announcements, Big Projects

Big Announcements, Big Projects

Almost 400 people gathered for the Crown Point State of the City address.

At the recent State of the City address held by Crown Point Mayor David Uran, a head-spinning number of development announcements were detailed for the coming year and celebrated for their completion during the previous. Millions of dollars-worth of business and community upgrades are on the way.

For starters, the city has confirmed it will be establishing the long-imagined Bulldog Park, which will be a new downtown event and civic center. Mayor Uran announced the building will hopefully be open in November 2018 and that construction bidding will be taking place this spring.

“Bulldog Park is a reality. It’s happening. It’ll be a brand-new, two-story civic center,” Mayor Uran said.

The building will feature an 85-by-200-foot ice rink for wintertime sports, and in the summer the space will be used for car cruises, weddings, and other events. Planning for the project is taking place between Crown Point Schools, the city, and the parks department. The center will cost about $10 million and will be funded via partnership with the Dean and Barbara White Foundation’s underwriting of about half of the project. The other half will come from the Redevelopment Commission’s cash on hand plus a loan against future dollars. No residential tax dollars are going to be used.

Next, the mayor explained that major upgrades to the city’s water network will be happening over the next several years, including backup systems and modernizations. $19 million worth of improvements into will be made into the city’s utilities, incorporating better testing stations and looping systems into their designs to prevent stagnation.

“Water quality and safety is a top priority of ours moving forward,” the mayor said. “Growth boomed in Crown Point after we switched to Lake Michigan water in the 1990’s. We want to be proactive. This will include additional water storage capacity to have additional gallons on hand in an emergency if water cannot be provided to us. We can have five to six days of water on hand.”

Other projects taking shape in Crown Point include:

  • A $35 million Southlake YMCA project that will spur additional improvements and developments surrounding the building.
  • Upgrades will be taking place to pedestrian safety infrastructure around the famous Crown Point Square.
  • Investments will be made into façade programs in multiple areas around the city, funded via public-private partnerships.
  • Upgrades and widenings are being planned for the 109th avenue corridor, funded by a $25 million private investment.
  • The Pangere Corporation has begun work on Community Healthcare System’s new Community Stroke and Rehabilitation Center, a four-story, 129,000-square-foot facility that is is expected to provide jobs for about 100 full-time employees.
  • And more.

As a final note, Mayor Uran explained the city’s police department and administrative departments have all outgrown their facilities and plans are in the works to establish a new, combined location for multiple city entities. At this time, the project is expected to cost around $12 million, and the city has purchased property for what will become the new public safety and city hall location.

“We’ve outgrown our building downtown and the police department has outgrown their building by many years. That building was built for 23 officers and we now have 45. So, we’ve decided to build a combined facility that would bring these departments under one roof to use a common footprint and save taxpayer dollars,” Mayor Uran said.

With these projects and lots more on the way, the City of Crown point is definitely a hotspot for economic activity in Indiana and is well worth keeping an eye on. We’ll be keeping you up to date on the details via our website and future issues!

Five Companies Invested About $12.5M Combined Last Year:

  • Coyne Veterinary Center
  • 2nd Life Resale
  • Leeps Waterplace
  • Off Square Brewing
  • Pop’s Commercial Development