Developer Leif Hinterberger testified a number of times at the TIF Study Commission. During his testimony he noted the several years he has been working with Ryan Vaughn, and also listed a number of people in the City administration who he claims promised him that a TIF would be created to fund his project.
The project is 'The Uptown', on the northwest corner of 49th & N. College; a mixed use project of retail and residential. The southern half of the block is owned by 49-50, LLC, whose agent is Leif Hinterberger. The northern half of the block was owned by Leif Hinterberger, but recently sold to a Tom Melangton.
Many of these neighborhood groups signed letters asking for quite a bit of public money resources to be aimed at this project.
HOME funds and CDGB grantsThe entire block has been subject to a very large number of high weeds and grass complaints, forced mowing and legal action in environmental court, as well as a Health & Hospital demolition order on a building at 4902 N. College.
Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority tax credits and grants
infrastructure curtesy of DPW
The Mid-North TIF as proposed (Prop 291 now before the Council) encompasses over a square mile of real estate. The footprint is known, but nothing else has been disclosed to the public. This is another pig-in-a-poke being pushed through before full disclosure is required through the passage of Prop 316.
If you take a peek at Prop 291 you'll see next to nothing as far as information, valuable or not, contained in it. The MDC resolution, which I uploaded to Google Docs, does have the list of 1971 parcels contained in the footprint along with a map.
Almost 1/3 is in Center Township and the remainder is in Washington Township. All appears to be within IPS' district. Center Township already has 30% of all taxable property contained within the increment of a TIF district. IPS has 22% of all taxable property contained within the increment of a TIF district - what's another 700 some acres and over 1 square mile more.
And, lets not continue with the fairy tale that only new property value will have its property taxes diverted from IPS and placed within the TIF fund. 16 of 40 TIF districts have seen their base converted entirely to increment over the years. So there is a track record that strongly suggests a high probability that the current value of property within the footprint will partially or entirely become another dead zone for contributing to the services of IPS, and the city-county.
Yes, the proposed Mid-North TIF is entirely project and developer driven. And it puts an unknown amount of property value at risk, and stands to drive even higher the $15.2 million that IPS qualifies for but cannot collect because of the property tax caps.
If there is financial evidence that any of this is leaping to erroneous conclusions - the City has not provided it to the public. With a lack of evidence to the contrary, we must conclude that past performance is the only indicator of future performance that we have.