Business, Economy and Consumer Affairs

City Bus to Build a New Transfer Station

Dec 15, 2011

City Bus is planning to open a new transfer station next year.

The transit service will move from its current location at Riehle Plaza to 3rd and North streets.

Manager of Development John Metzinger says the reason is to better accommodate riders with disabilities.

He says each bus route will have its own designated bay.

City Bus recently purchased some space from the city for its ticket office.

Once complete, all bus transfers will be done at the new facility and no longer at the current depot.

The project is expected to cost about $3-million.

Chatham Square development entering next phase

Dec 15, 2011

The developer of Chatham Square in Lafayette is taking the next step in completing the project.

Brinshore took control of a parcel at the site from the city.  It will build single-family homes on 10 lots, which it will then put up for sale.

Senior Vice President Peter Levavi says work is already underway on three of the lots, one of which has the Purdue Solar Decathlon home on it.  He says crews are putting the finishing touches on that house and foundations have been poured for the two model homes.  Those should be ready for tours in April.

A Tippecanoe County pallet manufacturer is receiving tax abatements on a roughly $8-million investment.

The county council approved the tax breaks for American Fibertech in Clarks Hill.

Chief Financial Officer Jay Wiegand says the business is experiencing increased demand and the abatement is needed to help it expand.

American Fibertech is getting a seven-year abatement for equipment investments and ten-years for property improvements.

Wiegand says the expansion will result in 20 new jobs within five years.

Half-Marathon Scheduling Causing Controversy

Dec 9, 2011

Promoters of a half marathon say they are going to have to change the date of their race due to the scheduling of a similar event. The Carroll County Community Center planned their Adam’s Mill Covered Bridge Half Marathon for October 20th next year in Flora. However, a group is putting together its own half-marathon on the same day through Lafayette and West Lafayette. Flora race Director Don Franklin says that is going to hurt participation of his event, which is needed to raise money for the community center. He says last year the event raise about $3,000 for the Community Center.

SIA Foundation Awards Eight Grants

Dec 6, 2011

Eight non-profit groups in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties are receiving grants for projects.

The money comes from Subaru of Indiana Automotive Foundation.

The largest award of $7,395 went to the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette for purchasing a mobile arts learning lab and to expand educational outreach.

Sunnyside Middle School in Lafayette received the second largest of the $7,000 for science tables and chairs education.

Lafayette Housing Authority was awarded $3,168. 

Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette put 18 families in homes this year.  That's more than the 12 to 15 families they usually help during a year.

Director of Family Services and Volunteers Cindy Taylor says they've selected some of next year's families, but can take on more in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties.

She says Habitat has already been working with eight families on the requirements to build their homes early next year.

The organization is hosting a celebration party Tuesday (Dec. 6) to honor donors and highlight the successes of 2011.

IN unemployment up slightly for October

Nov 22, 2011

Indiana's unemployment continues to rise, up .1 to 9% for October. The rate rose in September .2% from August.

Indiana and Ohio have the same jobless rate for last month. Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan are at 9.6% or greater.

Lafayette's unemployment rate rose from 8 to 8.2%, while West Lafayette dropped to 5.9%.

The unemployment rates in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties increased from September to October. This after all showed signs of improvement the month before.

A 20 year relationship between Tippecanoe County and Wildcat Creek Solid Waste District appears to be nearing an end.

Tippecanoe County Commissioners gave a preliminary vote to disband from the organization, which currently handles hazardous waste disposal and is in partnership with Clinton County.

Tippecanoe officials are considering a deal with Southside Landfill out of Knightstown, IN, to take care of the service for $4,000 a month.

A pharmaceutical development company is adding to its Purdue Research Park facility.

BASi is building an 1,800 square foot health and wellness center on site to help employees stay healthy and cut costs.  Dependents of staff members also will have access to services there.

Construction on the $200,000 project started Monday (Nov. 21) and Senior Vice President of Human Resources Lina Reeves-Kerner says it should open in January.  She says the facility with three exam rooms, a lab, and pharmacy will save BASi about $250,000 annually.

Nearly 13,000 people in the Tippecanoe County area received assistance from the Salvation Army over the past year.  Much of that help was due to the organization's annual Red Kettle Campaign.

The holiday fundraiser brought in $156,000 a year ago.  Major Jim Irvine says they hope to raise even more this year, because the need for help has not declined.

This year's Red Kettle goal is $160,000. The Salvation Army hopes to raise $360,000 total during the holiday season.