New interest for vacant WL property on Northwestern


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A property which has long sat vacant along Northwestern Avenue may not be vacant for much longer.

West Lafayette officials said Indianapolis-based developer Lor Corp. is under contract for the former Smitty’s grocery store property at the Northwestern-Lindberg intersection.

The building was torn down in 2011 after it had been empty for years. Preliminary plans include a mixed use building with both commercial space and apartments.

“It’s been a site that we want to see redeveloped,” said West Lafayette Director of Development Chandler Poole. “We’d really like to see that site come back, especially with all the improvements we did on Northwestern. We think it would be a really good opportunity to find something really exciting.”

Poole said active monitoring wells to monitor ground contamination were completed earlier this year.

A neighborhood meeting is set for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Faith West for residents to meet with the developer and share their ideas, wants and concerns about any future development. Poole said nearby residents were sent notices by Lor about the meeting.

The land is currently zoned Neighborhood Business. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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