WL development, Harley Davidson dealership recommended

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A new development bringing more than 50 bedrooms and 5,000 feet of commercial space got positive recommendation from the Area Planning Commission Wednesday night.

The proposed $7 million development would be at the corner of North Street and Northwestern Avenue, where a Bar Barry Liquor Store currently stands.

The five-story project will have commercial space on the ground floor, with four floors of apartments above and 56 bedrooms spread over 44 units.

Plans call for the liquor store to be demolished this summer and construction to be complete by the fall of 2015.

West Lafayette Development Director Chandler Poole who spoke in favor of the development say it’s part of a real resurgence in the area.

“This project is a great infill project for us. It’s mixed use which means we’ll have some commercial which we really need in the Village. But also, some good quality housing as well,” said Poole.

The APC also recommended approval for a re-zoning of land near I-65 to allow a new Harley Davidson dealership. The site is just south of South Street, adjacent to the Best Western.

Project attorneys say they hope to start building this spring and open in the summer.

Each project needs to be approved by their respective city council next month.

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