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Jan 18, 2019, 11:26 AM

This Request for Proposals (the “RFP”) is issued by the LaPorte County Redevelopment Commission (the “RDC”) for the purpose of seeking a railroad operator to enter into an agreement with the RDC for the operation of the RDC’s rail lines for rail freight service.

Issued by:

LaPorte County Office of Economic Development
January 2019

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LaPorte County, Indiana Switching Operator RFP.pdf

Nov 28, 2018, 1:57 PM

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Nov 28, 2018, 1:54 PM

Dollar General will store and distribute food at an abandoned warehouse in Westville that's undergoing a $24 million renovation.

The retail chain is asking for a five-year tax abatement on the $8 million in new equipment its planning to use in the 680,000 square foot structure.

Matt Reardon, director at the Office of Economic Development for LaPorte County government, said Dollar General will occupy almost 300,000 square feet of the building and create at least 80 jobs.

A LaPorte County Council vote on the request for tax abatement is expected in January. Reardon said Dollar General plans to begin its move into the building in May and complete it in August....


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Nov 9, 2018, 1:16 PM

Before seeking a tax abatement, review the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance's Tax Abatement Tutorial.


Procedure for Seeking an Abatement:

  1. ERA is declared by County Council;
  2. Notice is published that ERA has been declared:
  3. Hearing is held by County Council on confirming the ERA;
  4. ERA and SB1 is confirmed by County Council; and
  5. SB1 is confirmed by County Commissioners (this step is necessary because property is in a TIF district.

Download the Tax Abatement Package for more information on policies and applications:
All forms listed below must be submitted at the same time in order to be considered for a tax abatement.

Oct 30, 2018, 1:25 PM

LAPORTE — The proposed $24 million renovation of a 680,000-square-foot vacant food warehouse just outside Westville has cleared its second-to-last hurdle.

The LaPorte County Council on Monday gave final approval to a five-year tax abatement on improvements to the dry and cold storage facility along U.S. 421.

"I think it’s a fantastic thing," said Randy Novak, president of the LaPorte County Council of the project being spurred by NorthPoint Development.

Angela Harshbarger, an incentive specialist with NorthPoint, said approval of the tax abatement allows the Kansas City, Missouri-based company to proceed toward closing on purchase of the structure, which was last occupied in 2016.

The hope is to begin work on the former SpartanNash food distribution center by mid-November, Harshbarger said. She said completion is targeted for early June.

NorthPoint Development bills itself as the nation’s second largest private landlord with 170 tenants, including General Motors, and $5 billion worth of real estate investments since 2012.

A tenant has not been lined up yet, but the company projects 125 jobs paying $15 to $20 an hour at the facility.

The goal is to have a food distribution operation committed to moving in before or shortly after the renovation is finished, according to company officials.

Harshbarger said the structure is on 90 acres and its complex refrigeration system remains in excellent shape...


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