Last week during the Plymouth Common Council meeting, Developer Kevin Berger gave members an update on the Stellar Communities workforce residential project he is building near the intersection of Baker Street and Richter Road. 

Berger said progress in the last month has been good with lots of framing.  He told them the Community Building is in place and the 6-plex is about 85% framed, ready to put the trusses on the second floor.  Berger said the third building has all the underground under slab work completed and the fourth building has the footings in place.  He said, “Things are starting to move a little quicker now.” 

While the weather has impacted work on the project, Berger believes he can still complete the project with the proposed fall 2023 wrap-up. 

Easterday Construction is managing the project with several subcontractors.  He estimated 20 to 25 workers on the project over the past several days.

Riverside Commons is a 40-unit development with 12 two-bedroom and 28 three-bedroom units.  Four of the apartments will be ADA compliant while the rest will be townhomes.

City Attorney Sean Surrisi gave an update on the River Park Square project saying phase two is well underway.  He said there’s been lots of activity.  While the project won’t be complete for some time, they will make accommodations for the Mayor’s Month of Music events that will begin this Friday in River Park Square. 

Surrisi also said the Crossroads Organization is actively at work on the process of the READI Grant applications.  Surrisi told the board there are a few projects that the city has been pursuing.  He will be making a presentation with more details at the next city meeting on August 8th

Surrisi said, “In general, there are some housing initiatives including townhomes that would be here on Water Street.  There’s also an Entrepreneurial Center proposed for the old Pilot News/Montgomery Ward Building and a Brewery at the old NIPSCO building are three of the main ones.”  Surrisi said there is also the Harrison Street Trail Project. 

The City Attorney said he will give a more detailed presentation about all the projects and will be asking for a general letter of support for those applications at the next city meeting.  The bulk of the required matching funds will come from the Plymouth Redevelopment Commission although the City Council had previously pledged back in 2019 matching dollars for the Entrepreneurial Center and the Harrison Street Trail.  Those dollars haven’t been expended yet so he will be asking for those funds for those two projects.