What's going on at Delta
and who's helping make it happen
Welcome to our Driven Doer series! Each month, we highlight the passionate, motivated people who help advance Delta’s mission of achieving a resilient Great Lakes environment and economy.
This month’s Driven Doer is one of our partners, Jack Eskin. Jack partners with us on multiple projects in Gary, Indiana, including Steel City Salvage and green infrastructure implementation.
What do you do?
I am Deputy Director of Redevelopment for the City of Gary Department of Planning & Redevelopment. In partnership with my colleagues, I oversee a number of different areas, including land use planning, sub area planning, brownfield redevelopment, vacant land management, building deconstruction, green infrastructure planning, tax increment financing, demolition, specific infrastructure projects, and I also contribute to special efforts like the City’s ArtHouse project and Data-Driven Gary.
What drives you and inspires you to get up in the morning?
The desire to make ambitious things happen, and an obligation to deliver on the projects that I have helped set in motion.
How did you first get involved with Delta?
When I joined the City of Gary in February 2015, I inherited the role as the point person for the City’s Deconstruction Pilot Program. I saw this pilot program as something that had a tremendous amount of potential to make a positive impact in Gary, and a strategy that had a real opportunity to succeed in this context. As with many things in municipal government, I also saw that its success required grinding out the specific details through numerous rounds of revising bid specifications, contracts, and coordinating with contractors. Delta has helped us navigate those various questions and issues, and starting this month, we will have our first buildings deconstructed in the City. This will of course serve as the initial phase for our Material Reuse warehouse project, Steel City Salvage, that will be funded by the Knight Foundation, an excellent and exciting opportunity that Delta has helped the City cultivate.
I am also working with Delta on developing a City-wide Green Infrastructure Plan that will bring numerous stakeholders to the table, to help identify an overarching blueprint for planning the various forms of green infrastructure throughout the City, and how to balance green infrastructure strategies with economic development priorities.
Can you describe Delta in 4 words or less?
Creative and strategic
What’s your favorite place in the Great Lakes region?
Can I call it a tie between Miller Beach and Sleeping Bear Dunes?