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Quality Construction Begins With Integrity

PNC Public-Private Partnership Will Develop Market Housing

WESTVILLE –Purdue North Central Chancellor James B. Dworkin announced today that market housing will be built and be available to students and community members in the fall of 2005. Through a unique public-private partnership between the Purdue Research Foundation and South Coast L.L.C., groundbreaking on this project will take place soon for the development which will include 150 apartments each with two or three bedrooms, 39 single family units and 13 duplex units that will serve faculty, staff and the community.

This unique public-private partnership will bring the development named University Village to property owned by the Purdue Research Foundation and located directly across from the PNC campus, on the west side of U.S. Highway 421. The partners include the Purdue Research Foundation and South Coast L.L.C., whose principals are Harley Snyder of Valparaiso and James Combs of Merrillville, both experienced and successful real estate developers.

As explained by G. William Back, PNC vice chancellor for administration and the director of this project for the PNC campus, a recent study indicated the need for a well-planned development close to campus, which would provide attractive housing options to students and the community. He made clear that no public funds will be used for this project and that University Village residences will be open to students and community members.
“Many parents told us that even though they live within commuting distance, they wanted their PNC students to live close to campus for convenience as well as to enjoy an ‘on-campus’ independent living experience,” said Back. “This will accommodate those student needs.” He further explained that PNC gets inquiries from students living throughout Indiana, the United States and internationally, but in most cases could not serve those students due to the lack of housing.

“This will open up many opportunities,” said Back. “Our faculty and staff can also take advantage of the housing. Our employees move here from cities throughout the country and in the future we will be able to offer a tremendous living experience for them. And we look forward to people currently living in the area choosing to live here as well. It will have the feel of a neighborhood.”

As planned, University Village will offer 150 housing units. The majority of the housing will consist of apartment-style two and three bedroom suites featuring a common living room, dining room and kitchen with individual private living areas of a bedroom, bath and study area. There will also be 39 single-family units and 13 duplex units.

The land features gently rolling terrain and will accommodate ponds, walking and bicycle paths, landscaped roads and common areas. It will be located directly across U.S. Highway 421 from the south end of campus at the traffic light. Residents will be able to walk or ride bicycles from University Village to PNC and back establishing a campus community, said Back. “Our students will live closer to the heart of campus than they would at most residential colleges.”

The development encompasses 46 acres. The University purchased 37 acres in March of 2002, and Kesling and Rocke Orthodontic Group generously donated an additional nine acres in June.

The exact date of the groundbreaking and further details will be announced soon.


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Much has changed since Leslie I. Combs established his contracting business in Gary. In the pre-war era, a solidly built home in a fine neighborhood cost Combs' customers from $6,000 to $15,000, including the lot. That was 1940. The prices of everything have risen since then, from loaves of bread to cars, homes, and college educations. But one thing has not changed at L.I. Combs & Sons, Inc. The company still produces finely built homes and buildings in a professional, timely, and cost effective manner.


L. I. Combs has a proven track record in construction and development for residential and commercial properties. A third generation company, the firm is now headed by Jim Combs, grandson of the founder. L. I. Combs operates from offices in Merrillville, but its reach is region-wide. The winner of numerous awards for its communities, L. I. Combs has developed and/or built homes, commercial buildings, or entire neighborhoods in every municipality in northwest Indiana, as well as properties in other Midwestern states.

Thousands of people live in attractive homes built by L. I. Combs, in neighborhoods such as Quail Ridge -- which earned awards in 1989 from the City of Valparaiso, Greater Valparaiso Area Chamber of Commerce, and Porter County Builders Association. Residents of the region also enjoy other buildings constructed by the firm: the Chesterton Medical Center, Uno's Pizzeria, Davenport College, and a host of others. The firm's most notable recent commercial land development is the Environ Executive Center in Merrillville, now home to Bank One and Northern Indiana Public Service Corporation.

The secret of the firm's success, Jim Combs says, is that the company has never accepted a commission on which it didn't believe it could deliver excellent construction, cost efficient services, and the highest degree of customer satisfaction.

"Our reputation is important to us," Combs says. "Our aim has been to serve individual clients well, while also improving and beautifying the built environ of the region. That's still our goal on every project."


Two new residential projects will continue the company tradition. Gleneagle Villas offers distinctive homes at Aberdeen, an upscale golf course community in Valparaiso. The villas, Combs said, are perfect for people who value quality homes as well as the spectacular views of the greens, walking trails, breathtaking landscaping, and community amenities like the Aberdeen Inn and Aberdeen Brewing Co. The homes offer single level living with luxurious master suites, high ceilings in entryways and living rooms, and a host of lifestyle options such as bonus rooms and four-season sunrooms.

Compass Pointe, a luxury apartment home development in Valparaiso, offers rental residences designed for busy people who may not want to mow the lawn, but appreciate on-site amenities such as the swimming pool, workout facility, volleyball courts, fireplaces, and vaulted ceilings. Forging a new style of apartment home living, L. I. Combs has added extras -- like cable television service, high speed T-1 internet access, and laundry equipment in each apartment -- that afford residents both comfort and convenience.

Quality and service have been company hallmarks since L. I. Combs & Sons, Inc. built its first homes in 1917. For more than eight decades, the company has proven that -- no matter how much things change -- high quality workmanship never goes out of style.