2016 was a banner
year for building in the Town of Chesterton.
Last year the total
value of all building projects--including new commercial and residential,
commercial and residential remodels and additions, and home-improvement
projects--was $53,666,963, compared to $33,475,082 in 2015: a 60-percent
Thatís the big
story from the Building Departmentís 2016 annual report.
Department also issued fully one-third more permits last year: 1,044,
compared to 788 in 2015. It collected 57 percent more in building permit
fees: $200,253, compared to $127,639 in 2015. And it generated more than
twice as much in revenues from all sources (building permit fees, park
impact fees, and contractorsí registration): $457,162, compared to $221,067
There were only two
brand-new commercial builds in 2016, but one of them--still in the early
stages of construction--is a mammoth: the StoryPoint senior living facility
on Dickinson Road. Total value: $19 million. The facility will include 162
living units, 120 for independent living, the other 42 for enhanced living.
The other new
commercial build: Serenity Salon & Spa on Village Point in Coffee Creek
Center. Total value: $900,000.
The total value of
all new commercial in 2015, in contrast: $1,350,000.
total value of commercial additions in 2016 was $4,469,300. Leading that
category was the addition to the Duneland Unit of the Boys and Girls Club on
1100N, with a value of $3,638,000. The total value of commercial additions
in 2015 was not available.
The total value of
commercial remodels in 2016, finally, was $3,753,350, compared to $891,000
in 2015. Among the notable remodels last year were the following:
Alliance ER, 770 Indian Boundary Road: $2,396,250.
* Franciscan Omni
Health & Fitness, 810 Michael Drive: $271,000.
* Strack & Van Til,
1600 Pioneer Drive: $200,000.
* Fireflies Ltd.,
an indoor fun center with playground, laser tag, and arcade, 1505 South
Calumet Road: $80,000.
* Ivy Spa Nails 2,
303 Indian Boundary Road: $50,000.
* Total value of
commercial repair/replace: $882,720, compared to $313,650 in 2015.
* Total value of
commercial parking lot: $389,469, compared to $377,900 in 2015.
* 82 permits were
also issued for signage and billboards (44 in 2015), with a total value of
The number of new
single-family home builds doubled last year: 58, versus 29 in 2015. Total
value: $18,350,942, versus $9,241,947 in 2015.
Chesterton Tribuneís rough count, half of those homes--30--were built in
the Morganís Corner Neighborhood of Coffee Creek Center. Nine more were
built in the Estates of Sand Creek; six in the Stone Meadows subdivision on
1100N; and five in the Brassie Estates subdivision on Pearson Road.
The rest were
mostly ďfill-inĒ homes in long established neighborhoods or subdivisions.
permits were also issued for duplexes in 2016, the same number as in the
previous year. Total value: $1,261,600, versus $1,365,000 in 2015.
* 245 permits were
issued for single-family residential repairs (184 in 2015), with a total
value of $1,689,965 ($503,760 in 2015). By the Tribuneís count, 111
permits were issued for roof work; 60 permits for windows; and 19 for
* 30 permits were
issued for single-family remodels (25), with a total value of $731,200
* 83 permits were
issued for deck/porch/patio work (63), with a total value of $299,760
* 63 permits were
issued for fences (26), with a total value of $223,062 ($1,2200,575).
* 17 permits were
issued for sheds (23), with a total value of $29,080 ($48,625).
* 14 permits were
issued for swimming pools (five), with a total value of $139,800 ($89,250).
* 173 permits were
issued for electric work (63), with a total value of $118,525 ($207,432).
* 109 permits were
issued for plumbing work (68), with a total value of $21,170 ($21,290).
Building Department conducted a total of 1,104 inspections of all kinds
(building, electrical, plumbing, and sign permits), compared to 831 in 2015,
an increase of 33 percent.