Real Estate

As part of its extensive planning for the West Lake Corridor Project, the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) has determined that it may be necessary to acquire certain properties to implement the project.

When NICTD determines the final list of properties needed to construct the project, NICTD will be required to follow the guidelines of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended, along with state regulations. What this means is that NICTD will seek fair and cooperative agreements for property acquisitions. View the current potential property acquisitions maps. Maps are subject to change as designs are futher developed and finalized.

Open House

NICTD is evaluating properties that may be affected by the West Lake Corridor Project and will be holding two open houses that will allow residents who will be potentially impacted to meet with representatives and discuss any questions. Below is the information for dates and locations of each open house:

May 22, 2019
1:00 - 7:00 pm
Dyer Town Hall
Lower Level Meeting Room
1 Town Square
Dyer, IN 46311

May 23, 2019
1:00 - 7:00 pm
Jean Shepherd Community Center
Cafeteria
3031 J. F. Mahoney Dr.
Hammond, IN 46323

All parties who will potentially be affected are encouraged to attend and bring along any pertinent information to their property that would affect the project or Real Estate acquisition process. For any Real Estate questions, please call 800-382-5206.

Notice of Open House

If a property purchase is required, the acquisition process would generally be as follows:

  • NICTD would contact the real property owner or owner’s representative to explain the acquisition process, including the right to accompany the appraiser during inspection of the property, and would provide the owner with a written notice of NICTD’s intent to acquire the property.
  • NICTD would provide the owner with a written offer of the approved estimate of just compensation for the real property to be acquired and a summary statement of the basis for the offer.
  • NICTD would give the property owner an opportunity to consider the offer for at least 30 days.
  • NICTD would conduct negotiations without any attempt to coerce the property owner into reaching an agreement.
  • NICTD would provide the property owner or tenant with at least 90 days’ written notice to vacate the property before NICTD takes possession.
  • If negotiations with property owners are not successful, NICTD may acquire the property through eminent domain. If eminent domain is necessary, NICTD would follow the procedures set forth under state laws including Indiana Eminent Domain (Indiana Code § 32-24) and Relocation Assistance (Indiana Code § 8-23-17).

The earliest NICTD would begin real estate acquisition is in mid 2019. This timeline could continue to shift depending on project progress.

The NICTD real estate team can be reached by leaving a voicemail on the West Lake real estate hotline at 800-382-5206 or by email.

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