At issue is the transfer of 90 acres of prime lakefront land to the City of Gary Department of Redevelopment
March 31, 2017-The City of Gary made public plans that have been in the works for years yesterday regarding a 90 acre parcel of lake front property that includes much of Marquette Park. The development plan, pictured above, outlines a massive development on property that is currently park land. All of Lake Street Beach would be taken under the proposal.
Chicago based consultant John “Bo” Kemp led the discussion at which Common Council Members Rebecca Wyatt and Ron Brewer were in attendance. Meridian Hospitality Group presented a detailed plan including a hotel, an ice arena and retail shopping for the beachfront. The plan encompasses former Naval Reserve property located west of Lake Street but also an additional 80 acres to the east of Lake Street.
The Gazette first reported that the City had transferred the 90 acre parcel of pristine duneland to redevelopment back in 2013. City officials first said the transfer was a mistake but then backed off on that claim. As early as last month, the Gazette inquired and received the response that officials were looking into subdividing the property in order to maintain the park land.
UPDATE: Based on a question we received, here is a large sized GIS map of the affected property: