Old National Bank is one major step closer to moving its downtown Bloomington branch. — Old National Bank 将移动到布卢明顿市中心
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Old National Bank is one major step closer to moving its downtown Bloomington branch.
On December 8, the Bloomington Plan Commission approved plans for a two-story building on the corner of Kirkwood and Lincoln. Old National plans to vacate its current branch, which is just one block west, and move those operations to the proposed building.
The company developing the project, GMS-Pavilion Properties, has been negotiating with the city for years.
City Planner Jim Roach said the Planning Department is happy with the recent progress.
“It’s been a long time coming, but we believe this building meets all city requirements and there are no parking or residential density issues,” Roach says.
Plans for the building originally included a third story as well as 17 apartments. Over the past year the developer scrapped those elements, making the proposal better comply with the city’s zoning rules. Plan Commission members had few complaints about the current proposal.
But Commission President Jack Baker did have an issue with the brick developers plan to use, saying in order to keep the vibrancy and quirkiness of the street, they should use a more reddish color.
The brick currently proposed for the building is more earth-toned than Baker wants.
Steve Hoffman, from Pavilion Properties, said his company can’t do much to change that part of the plan, because it’s what the bank asked for.
Baker proposed an amendment that would require the developer to work with staff to consider a new color of brick. But that amendment didn’t pass.
The Commission later approved the plans for the entire building unanimously. It still needs approval from the Bloomington Board of Zoning Appeals before construction can happen. By moving into a new building, Old National hopes to clear the way for a new hotel on the site of its current branch.
But there have been complaints about the hotel proposal. The Commission delayed a vote on that plan at the December 8 meeting and won’t take it up again until February.
This week the convention center downtown played host to hundreds of politicians, businesspeople and government workers interested in the new I-69, both in Indiana and beyond. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford was on hand for the I-69 Summit and he brings us this report.
Work continues on sections 4 and 5 of I-69 in Indiana. Those portions will take the Interstate into Monroe County, through Bloomington and almost to Martinsville.
A Bollywood film crew is set to begin production on a new movie based in Bloomington. The producers of the film, tentatively titled “7 Hindustani,” got permission October 7 to reserve some parking spaces downtown. Alana Rossein, the line producer of the film, explained to the Bloomington Board of Public Works the crew needs the spaces for equipment and location.
Rossein went on to say scenes will be filmed at Kilroy’s on Kirkwood and on South Washington Street among other locations.
“We want to show Bloomington to people who have never seen this place before,” Rossein says.
The chief producer, Anil Kapoor, also took questions from the Board.
Kapoor is one of the most well-known Bollywood actors, having appeared in dozens of films over the past 35 years. Kapoor has also appeared in movies such as Slumdog Millionaire and the TV series, “24.” Kapoor commented on Bloomington’s city government.
“I’ve never seen something like this in local government,” Kapoor says. “It’s something I want to take back to where I live. You are all so civil and professional, even about the most minute details like noise and trash.”
The Board later approved the request to reserve parking spaces. Shooting is expected to begin later this month and continue through mid-November.
Monroe County (Bloomington IN) Circuit Court (sixth seat) Judge Valeri Haughton discusses marriage equality and racism. IU alum, former WFHB volunteer, journalist and activist Delphine Criscenzo talks about black women living in suburbia as well as racial violence in general. Classic and neo-burlesque performer Tessa Von Twinkle chats about the art of burlesque performance and her upcoming performances in Bloomington IN, Nashville, IN and New Orleans, LA.
Producer Carol Fischer
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Board Engineers Jasmine Mallet & Olivia Davison
News Director Josh Vidrich
Original Them Music Mikial Robertson
The Center for Sustainable Living in Bloomington has put together a committee to try and reduce the number of single-use plastic bags in the city. Hundreds of cities and towns in the US have already enacted some sort of restrictions on the bag. Correspondent Harrison Wagner speaks with Center for Sustainable Living board member Jeanne Leimekuler on the Bloomington effort and Commissioner Dan Saltzman of the City Council of Portland on the effects in his city for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
Indiana University will be deciding this week on the fate of six historic Bloomington houses.
Last year, IU announced plans to build a new law school facility on land currently occupied by Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house, commonly known as FeeGee. IU agreed to build a new facility for the fraternity on the 800 block of E 8th St which is part of the University Courts historic district. The area has been placed on the state historic register since 1992 and on the national historic register since 2007.
Alarm over IU’s demolition plan of the homes prompted the City of Bloomington to place the district on its list of local historic districts this spring. This designation requires city approval for any development plan in the area, but there is dispute as to whether state owned property would be exempt from the city purview. A legal opinion solicited by Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana found credible argument for the designation to apply to the demolition of the eight street homes even though they are owned by IU.
Beyond the legal rights, IU has come under considerable pressure from the local residents, the Historic Preservation Commission of the City, members of City Council and the Mayor, to preserve the houses slated for demolition, and according to an agenda released today, IU seems to have listened.
The IU Trustees Facilities Committee will be looking at a new proposal that would move four of the houses a block to the west, while still demolishing two properties. Philip Eskew, an IU trustee and chair of Facilities Committee, explains what prompted the alteration of the plan.
“We’ve worked with the mayor, the council and the historical group in Bloomington to listen to their concerns,” Eskew says. “We are recommending to the trustees that we change what we had initially said tearing down the houses and instead move the four worthy of being saved.”
Eskew affirmed that the university believes that it has the legal right to dispose of the houses any way it sees fit.
A bill introduced into the Indiana legislature earlier this year by local state representative Matt Pierce would have required public institutions seeking to demolish, move or change the exterior of a university building within a historic preservation district to obtain a certificate of appropriateness before commencing work.
In Bloomington, it would be the City’s Historic Preservation Commission that would control the certification process. However, the bill failed to make it to the floor of the House in time for passage during this year’s session.
Nevertheless, the local pressure seems to have had some impact on IU.
“There were several groups, even neighbors, that spoke about the tearing down of the houses,” Eskew says. “I think this is a reaction to that and we’re trying to be good neighbors with the community, as we always have been.”
The meeting of the trustees that will be addressing this item will be on the South Bend Campus of IU.
Eskew says the committee will make a recommendation and act on the action items.
The Facilities Committee of the Trustees meeting on Thursday will be from 3:15 to 5 p.m. The full Trustees meeting on Friday will be from 12:45 to 2 p.m. Both will be in combined rooms 221, 223 and 225 of the Student Activity Center of IU South Bend. Both meetings are open to the public.
The Monroe County Council showed support for raising a local income tax April 8. But the council pushed for the tax to cover even more expenses than it already does, raising questions that led the council to delay a vote on the issue. The tax is known as the Juvenile County Option Income Tax. It originally supported only the county’s Youth Services Bureau.
But in recent years the county has also used the tax to pay for juvenile probation officers. Now, Council President Geoff McKim said the council would also like to use the tax revenue for maintenance and other expenses.
“We decided to broaden the scope of the expenses that we would consider could be paid out of the juvenile county option income tax,” McKim says, “I created a committee to work with courts, YSB and the commissioners office to come up with a more accurate accounting of the costs of running our juvenile facilities.”
At a recent work session, Circuit Court Judge Steve Galvin asked the council to increase the tax. But he said his request, which would have brought the tax as high as .085 percent, needs to be increased even further.
“We presented what we thought were the bare budget amounts necessary to provide for juvenile services,” Galvin says, “However we didn’t include amounts for utilities, repairs, maintenance, security and other one-time expenses over the next five years. So we added those in and suggested a rate, but the rate is entirely up to the council.”
If the council agreed to Galvin’s request, it would nearly double the rate for that particular tax. Under the proposed rate, a county resident who earns $30,000 next year would pay $28.58 towards the juvenile services.
On February 1st, local legislators sat down to summarize recent activities in the statehouse in one of their quarterly legislative updates. Speakers included: Bob Heaton, Peggy Mayfield, Eric Cook, Matt Pierce and Mark Stoops. This event was recorded on location at the Showers Building by Community Access Television Services for Standing Room Only on WFHB.