Plans for former Smitty’s site draw a crowd

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Almost 100 West Lafayette neighbors turned out to hear the latest on the proposed new development at the old Smitty’s property Tuesday night.

The developer and architect gave some basic information about themselves and their other projects, then took questions from those gathered.

LOR Corporation CEO Adam Hill told everyone that plans call for a three-story building, with retail on the first floor and apartments on the top two floors, at the corner of Northwestern Avenue and Lindberg Road. Hill hopes to tear down the current Village Bottle Shop on the corner and bring it back in the new development.

Hill anticipates 48 apartments, with four studio apartments, 28 one-bedroom apartments and 16 two-bedroom apartments for a total of 64 beds. Hill said it will not be marketed as student housing.

Questions from neighbors focused on traffic, safety and noise.

But most residents like Northwestern Heights resident Kris Tiffany liked the answers they heard.

Tiffany was glad to find out that the developer is a family-owned business which doesn’t solicit outside investments.

“My thoughts were very negative at first. My friend asked me to come and she said to come with an open mind. So I tried to,” said Tiffany. “As I listened, I feel better. I want to get more information.”

If everything goes according to plan, the developer hopes to break ground next year and have it ready to open sometime in 2016.

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