Gary airport in dispute with neighboring business
The Gary/Chicago International Airport is preparing to take legal action against a scrapyard where it alleges frequent explosions are rattling airport tenants.
The situation is particularly critical for Boeing Corp., whose huge hangar is the closest airport facility to the scrapyard run by Summit Inc., 6901 Chicago Ave., airport lawyer Patrick Lyp told the Airport Authority Board at Thursday’s meeting.
“No. 1, we value all our tenants, and Boeing is high on that list,” Lyp said. “And we are concerned for them and for their employees.”
Summit Inc. owner Peter Coulopoulos could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Lyp said he had talked to Coulopoulos, who told him the explosions were due to inflated car tires inadvertently being put in the scrapyard’s metal crusher. Lyp told him the owner assured him the problem would be taken care of.
But the problem, first experienced in November, has continued, Lyp said. Lyp said he now has written a second letter to Coulopolos telling him action might be taken if the explosions don’t stop.
At one time, the airport was moving to buy or condemn the scrapyard property when the airport thought the property would be needed for rerouting railroad tracks that are blocking its runway expansion. But when it settled on a new route with railroads, the airport dropped its pursuit of the property.
It also was announced at Thursday’s meeting that Airport Authority Board member John Evans soon will step down to make more time for his job as president of the Porter County Board of Commissioners.
Evans said the Porter County board has opened a search process to find a successor for his seat on the Airport Authority.
Evans was Porter County’s first appointee to the Airport Authority. Porter County was given a seat on the board as part of the legislative package creating the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority.