Opponents remain staunch in their opposition to the Indiana Enterprise Center near New Carlisle, asking public officials to consider passing a resolution against it. South Bend Tribune File Photo
Opponents remain staunch in their opposition to the Indiana Enterprise Center near New Carlisle, asking public officials to consider passing a resolution against it. South Bend Tribune File Photo
SOUTH BEND — Activists who oppose the development of an industrial complex near New Carlisle are pressuring the St. Joseph County Council.

At a council committee meeting Tuesday night, more than 100 supporters of the St. Joseph County Open Space and Agricultural Alliance sat in support of a presentation the group made to the council.

“No public decision is ever taken about whether this development direction is the correct one to go forward,” said Chris Cobb, a member of the group that opposes development of the Indiana Enterprise Center near New Carlisle. “You need to take action, to be proactive at this point so you and we aren’t strung along in this way any longer.”

Cobb and other activists asked that the council consider passing a resolution next month in opposition to development plans for the complex and explore elements of state law that allow a county council to take more direct oversight of the county redevelopment commission.

Last week, the county redevelopment commission approved the purchase of three parcels of land that could be used to extend the Rogers Clark ditch that runs along the edge of the Navistar Proving Grounds. The total cost for the 21.2 acres of land is nearly $800,000, a price activists said Tuesday is a waste of county resources.

OSAA members presented the results of canvassing efforts in the planned development area, where they spoke to 200 residents.

“We found that about 80 percent were opposed, 15 percent were unsure and 5 percent were for the IEC,” said OSAA supporter Bob Humbarger.
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