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resort living coming to laporte

Thursday, July 26, 2018 10:44 AM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

Resort type living with amenities like an in ground swimming pool and coffee shop for several hundred residents is planned In LaPorte excited about its potential to revitalize the long struggling downtown area.

The city's redevelopment commission Wednesday unanimously approved the over $30 million dollar project for NewPorte Landing where Allis Chalmers used to manufacture farm equipment.

The development with 200 residential units is viewed as a game changer for the nearby downtown because of mostly young professionals with disposal incomes from elsewhere often drawn to such housing in other locations.

''I don't think you can overstate how important this is and the affect this is going to have in the next few years,'' said Bert Cook, executive director of the Greater LaPorte Economic Development Corporation.

Flaherty & Collins Properties out of Indianapolis is behind the project.

Presently, the firm has similar upscale housing going up in places as close as Mishawaka and Elkhart and as far away as Washington D.C. and Kansas City, said David Flaherty, one of the owners of the company.

The company manages over 115 other properties containing about 18,000 units in 12 states, he said.

Two buildings containing about 17,000 square feet will go up at Hoelocker Drive and Truesdell Ave. beside Clear Lake.

Flaherty said the main level of each brick exterior structure will consist of retail.

Housing will be contained in the three upper levels of each building.

The apartments will feature granite countertops, tile backsplashes in the kitchen area and stainless-steel appliances, he said.

Included is an outdoor courtyard with amenites like a swimming pool, wet deck, fire pit and grilling station.

Flaherty said there will also be space for a fitness center, pet wash and bark park along with bicycle storage and repair.

He said about 75-percent of the people drawn to other luxury housing provided by his firm come from outside the area.

Many of them remain in the community once they start families and purchase a home of their own, Flaherty said.

Bert Cook, executive director of the Greater LaPorte Economic Development Corporation, said the development combined with the new Dunes Volleyball Club at NewPorte Landing, are game changers for the long struggling downtown because of the extra customers anticipated for local merchants.

The club at its former location in Rolling Prairie drew more than 10,000 people annually for practices, tournaments and other competitive events.

He said the developments also further the budding transformation of downtown spurred by recent façade improvements and building purchases by owners with plans for trendy-type businesses now in short supply.

''I don't think you can overstate how important this is and the affect it's going to have in the next few years,'' Cook said.
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