Redevelopment Commission

The Redevelopment Commission consists of up to five members, appointed to one-year terms. Three members are appointed by the Mayor; and two are appointed by City Council. Salaries paid to appointees are not paid by City funds.

Meetings: 5:00 PM on the second Monday of each month in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Redevelopment Commission oversees the City of Michigan City Department of Redevelopment. Established under state law, the Commission is empowered to clear, plan, and redevelop blighted areas and to undertake economic development in previously undeveloped or in developing areas within the city limits.

The Redevelopment Commission's mission is to address conditions associated with (1) blight (in formally designated "redevelopment areas") and (2) the underutilization of land or barriers to development (in formally designated "economic development areas").

The Commission's $90,000 annual operating budget comes from earnings from investments, including investments derived from Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) revenues. This budget covers the cost of City staff, legal, and accounting services, and modest operating expenses. Redevelopment projects are paid for by TIF revenues, bond issues, and from invested funds.

Current Members

Mr. Don Babcock
term expires: 01-01-2019
Mayoral Appointment

Mr. Damon Carnes
term expires: 12-31-2017
City Council Appointment

Mrs. Kathy Dennis
term expires: 12-31-2017
City Council Appointment

Mr. Charles Oberlie
term expires: 01-01-2019
Mayoral Appointment



Mr. Larry Silvestri
term expires: 01-01-2019
Mayoral Appointment

Mr. Allan Whitlow
Council Liaison

Mr. Alan Sirinek
Commission Attorney

Mrs. Theresa Edwards
Non-Voting Advisor, School Board Liason