architects, planners, builders and developers plunged gold-painted shovels
into the earth Thursday morning just a few hundred feet west of Porter
Regional Hospital to announce the start of construction at Porter Business
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Construction will be building a 14,000 sq. ft. commercial retail building on
2.4 acres, near the south end of the property zoned commercial, with eight
representing the building’s owner Janis Development LLC, told the crowd that
two tenants are looking to move in once the shell of the building is
complete sometime in October -- an unnamed sandwich shop and a clinical
laboratory facility. Others possibly interested include a food service
provider and a pharmacy, she said.
This will be the
first project for Janis Development which is based out of Munster,
O’Halloran told the Chesterton Tribune. She said that the new
building will bring jobs to the area and hopes to have four tenants by the
end of the year.
Architect Tom Kuhn
said the building will be “very efficient, attractive and economical.”
Park, which at one time was called Porter Medical Campus, is off of U.S. 6
and Indiana 49, between the hospital and Tanner Trace subdivision.
Kleihege of St. Andrews Development said before the hospital, the land was
originally intended for single-family homes. He said once the site for the
hospital was chosen by Community Health Systems, those plans shifted to
include assisted living and senior housing, as well as office and technology
with some commercial.
“We had to revisit
this project to decide what is the best economic development for this area,”
approved six years ago by the County and St. Andrews has obtained several
variances since then to prepare for development, Kleihege added. The
property will have access from CR 900N and to Meridian Rd. through a
connection with Timberland Estates.
“In time, it will
all tie in together,” Kleihege said.
A few yards north
of the commercial building The Argent Group LLC plans a 100-unit assisted
living and memory care facility called Journey Senior Living of Valparaiso.
Plans for the 93,000 sq. ft. facility were made known earlier this year
before the Porter County Plan Commission. St. Andrews was successful in
rezoning the property to Institutional to build the facility without having
to acquire variances.
building for that project will be this fall.
realtor for the business, shared with the Tribune that several other
buildings are likely to go up by the end of this year in the commercial
zone, including a fast food restaurant.
Hospital CEO Stephen Lunn, who spoke at the groundbreaking Thursday, said
the hospital, which replaced Porter Memorial Hospital in downtown
Valparaiso, is getting ready to celebrate its 4th anniversary and “it’s been
a long time coming to see the next big development.”
The hospital sees
about 5,000 people per day and the developments in Porter Business Park “are
going to be services that make it that much better for people,” Lunn said.
Kleihege said there
will be sidewalks from the hospital property so workers and visitors can
walk to get a bite to eat or something from a pharmacy.
for Porter Business Park Patty Stovall said people can go to the website