WHITING - A lack of parking has halted plans for a 68-unit mixed-use development in Whiting. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report Mayor Joe Stahura scrapped the project just before it was set to break ground.

Stahura said the project’s developer would have built the structure, but the city would have been responsible for the parking under the agreement.

According to the Times, if the city moved forward with the first step in the project, it would automatically green light the developer on phases two and three, which would have required 220 additional parking spaces.

"Parking 220 additional spaces there would have basically consumed every free acre of land we had," Stahura told the publication. "I didn't think that was a valid expense and burden to put on the city."

The city is currently considering alternative options, and officials say a parking garage might be one solution.

Stahura says the city should have a master plan for the Stadium District in place by Christmas, including plans for a hotel.

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