State Street Project

City of West Lafayette

It’s an open question how much money the city of West Lafayette will have in the coming years.

It’s going to be stretched thin to help pay Purdue back for the State Street overhaul and a major bridge tax would put many property owners at state-mandated tax caps. So does the city need to get bigger to net more money?

We put that question to West Lafayette’s John Dennis this week on Ask The Mayor.

Last month, Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski said on this program that the local media played some role in causing anxiety about road construction.

City of West Lafayette

Tippecanoe County wants to establish a new major bridge tax to cover the costs of replacing large bridges 20 to 50 years from now.  But, creating the tax would subtract some revenue from the city of West Lafayette.  Mayor John Dennis weighs in on the costs versus benefits of paying to maintain county bridges.

Apartments To Replace Vacant Space At Wabash Landing

Mar 28, 2016
Chris Morisse Vizza

It’s taken nearly half a decade, but the owner of West Lafayette’s Wabash Landing apartments and retail center is back on track with plans to redevelop vacant retail space.

West Lafayette Economic Development Director Chandler Poole says owner Jimmy Curtis plans to build a five-story, 115-unit apartment building where vacant storefronts line the walkway that bisects the mixed use development.

State Street Team Finds Money To Expand Project

Mar 11, 2016
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Members of the team overseeing reconstruction of West Lafayette’s State Street say they’ve found several million dollars in savings that will allow them to expand the scope of the project.

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With the broad strokes of West Lafayette and Purdue University’s State Street Project settled, residents Thursday night delved into the nitty-gritty details of the Plenary Roads plan for the project.

Each of the approximately one-dozen speakers at a public hearing was largely complimentary of the plan.

However, one of the few areas of disagreement was the plan’s suggestion to convert many one-way roads into two-way streets.

Purdue Fire Chief Kevin Ply, though, calls the measure a win for public safety.

Public To Have Its Say In State Street Plan

Feb 4, 2016
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Now that West Lafayette has completed the bidding process on its 120-million State Street Redevelopment Project, the city, along with project partner Purdue University is ready, in the Joint Board’s words, to convert State Road 26 from “a state highway into a main street.”

An information meeting Thursday evening kicked off State Street’s next phase: educating city residents about the project and eliciting their input. More formal public hearings are to follow. 

City of West Lafayette

To live in West Lafayette these days is to follow the continuing saga of the State Street redesign.

The $120 million project looms over the future of the city – but just how in unclear.

Today on Ask The Mayor, we quiz West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis about what he’s learned of the project after being kept in the dark by confidentiality agreements.

And we’ll get his take on whether Purdue now wields more influence than the city itself.

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Though tensions flared last month between the West Lafayette Redevelopment Commission and the board in charge of the city’s $120 million plan to overhaul State Street, the mood between the two was decidedly calmer at a meeting Wednesday night.

Just two weeks ago, the West Lafayette Redevelopment Commission condemned those leading the ambitious State Street Redevelopment Project for their lack of transparency regarding its cost and scope. Commission President Larry Oates went so far as to call for a withdrawal of funding.

Purdue University

Puzzled.

That’s the word Purdue officials have chosen for their reaction to a call from West Lafayette city leaders who wanted more transparency in the process of deciding which firms would spend as much as $120 million to overhaul State Street.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels says a little secrecy is the price of doing business, and says Purdue doesn’t have to help.

But city leaders admit they need the school to front the money or the job will never get started.

That’s just one of the topics on this edition of WBAA’s Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels.

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More than once in a presentation explaining how a consortium led by Rieth-Riley was chosen to retrofit State Street, Purdue University counsel Steve Schultz said the team followed the letter of the law.

After the meeting, the university’s lawyer pronounced himself “perplexed” about the call for more openness.

“This project has had more public meetings approving the project than probably any one in the history of the city of West Lafayette," Schultz says. "So from the University’s perspective, we are puzzled by this clamor for more transparency.”

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