A pair of professional services proposals approved at by St. Joseph County Redevelopment Commission meeting will expand the scope of work related to planning for the Indiana Enterprise Center near New Carlisle and develop drainage improvements near Bendix Woods and the Navistar Proving Grounds.

An amendment to an existing agreement with South Bend-based Lochmueller Group for design services at the Indiana Enterprise Center, a planned industrial park near New Carlisle, raised the pricetag for the services to $406,000 from an initial not-to-exceed value of $200,000.

That amendment expands the scope of the firm’s work, adding in planning and construction management of a fiber conduit loop funded by federal grant money, and work to conduct traffic studies around the Indiana Enterprise Center.

According to county economic development Director Bill Schalliol, the expansion of Lochmueller Group’s work will both provide more information on traffic patterns, which could also be used to apply for a Department of Transportation BUILD grant for infrastructure improvements.

The proposal makes up part of the $3.3 million that has been approved to be spent on professional services for the development of the Indiana Enterprise Center, according to a spreadsheet distributed by Schalliol at Tuesday’s meeting.

The other agreement approved at Tuesday’s meeting encompasses planning for the installation of a new drainage project in the area around Bendix Woods County Park and the Navistar Proving Grounds on Indiana 2.
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