Stipend approved for those moving to West Lafayette for remote work

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Funding toward a city relocation project that offers a stipend to those who move to West Lafayette was approved at Tuesday morning's West Lafayette Board of Public Works and Safety meeting.

"The project itself is (incentive) for people to relocate to West Lafayette," Erin Easter, West Lafayette director of development said. "So there is a small stipend that's involved. It's greater if you're relocating to the Discovery Park district where (the Purdue Research Foundation) and Tmap have coordinated with IEDC on funding...

The Convergence Center for Innovation and Collaboration in Purdue Research Foundation's Discovery Park District, Friday, May 21, 2021 in West Lafayette.

"The program requirements are high-earners who can work remotely and are willing to relocate to West Lafayette." 

The approved funds between the City of West Lafayette and Purdue Research Foundation are not-to-exceed $50,000. Read more about the project at

Single-family homes are planned as part of a residential village being developed by the Carmel-based Old Town Design Group in the Discovery Park District, Purdue's $1 billion "live-work-play" west campus project being rolled out over the next 30 years.

The City of West Lafayette approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the city's Department of Development and Country Villa Apartments for a proposed CDBG-funded playground. 

According to the memorandum, "The City agrees to partner with Country Villa...for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Capital Improvement Project in 2022 for the community playground project at Country Villa Apartments with the Department of Development at the City. Country Villa agrees to oversee the park-design, construction management, and the implementation of the park installation and final inspection during the duration of the project to completion."

The earliest expected date this project can begin is July 1, according to a memo to the city.

West Lafayette street closures 

► The alley between University and Waldron streets, south of 5th Street, was approved to be closed 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. The closure is due to a Dia De La Familia event at the Latino Cultural Center, 426 Waldron St., the same day. Read more about the celebration at

► The closure of Grant Street between North Street and Northwestern Avenue was approved to be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic from May 17 through July 14 at Tuesday morning's meeting. Northwestern Avenue will also be limited to one lane of southbound traffic between Stadium Avenue and Grant Street from May 17 through August 21.

The closures are to allow for the construction of the Engineering and Polytechnic Gateway building for Purdue University. An additional sidewalk closure will be in effect during construction time periods as well.

Margaret Christopherson is a reporter for the Journal & Courier. Email her at and follow her on Twitter @MargaretJC2.