WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A new project for one of West Lafayette's busiest gateways gets 14 thumbs up from council members Tuesday.
Council members unanimously approved a proposal for a new Hampton Inn and Suites at the intersection of Tapawingo Drive and State Street, across from Wabash Landing.
The $12 million project will have 105 rooms and parking spaces, along with a public plaza at the corner. The developer will put in a green space so that as the State Street corridor is developed, the city can come back later and do more design work.
"It's been a great project. The developer has been very willing to accept our suggestions and in some cases, the restrictions that were placed on that particular parcel. We feel like it's been a great partnership. We feel like it's going to be a very viable development for our community," said Mayor John Dennis (R).
Police Chief Jason Dombkowski told council Tuesday that landlords have been cooperative with taking down 'For Rent' property signs, at least for the most part.
As New 18 reported this summer, the city sent out letters to landlords asking them to take down permanent signs on properties after neighbors complained. Officials say they notified about a dozen landlords who were in violation of the unified zoning ordinance and all but two have agreed to take their signs down. Most notably, Livesay Management agreed to do so Friday.
The chief said the goal is to have everyone in compliance by Oct. 1.
"We have a couple more that are a little slower to come along but we hope to gain some traction on that this week yet. Hopefully by Oct. 1, we're going to see that issue put aside," said Dombkowski.
On first reading, the Council also approved a 2 percent raise for all city employees and elected officials. They also voted to give themselves a $500 raise, their first pay increase in more than a decade.
Both moves will require a second reading next month.
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