The Board of Directors of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority today accepted grant requests from the cities of East Chicago and Hammond. RDA COO Sherri Ziller also provided a brief update on the Lake County convention center feasibility study.
The City of East Chicago is requesting $8.545 million to fund phase III of the city’s Waterfront Revitalization Initiative, which involves the reconstruction of Guthrie Street and the Fitzsimmons retail project. RDA previously provided $30.4 million in grants for the first two phases of the initiative.
Guthrie Street is one of the main thoroughfares providing access the East Chicago waterfront. The scope of the project includes (but is not limited to) the complete reconstruction of approximately 6,000 linear feet of the pavement, concrete sidewalks, concrete curb and gutters, storm and sanitary sewers, and the water main and water service lines. This project will also include installation of IT conduits, as well as street lighting with banner brackets and flower pot hangers. This work will enhance the quality of life along the corridor by addressing items such as safety, accessibility and neighborhood identity. Also included are modernized traffic signals and raised pedestrian crossings. The City hopes to begin construction this April.