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Old Gerometta and Kinel offices demolished; restaurant eyed for site

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The building which formerly housed the offices of Gerometta & Kinel Architects at 1200 N. Ind. 49 in unincorporated Westchester Township is being demolished, and the new owner of the property is eyeing the possible development of a restaurant on the site.

Vic Gerhardt told the Chesterton Tribune on Monday that it would be premature at this point to be any more specific about his plans, except to say that he’s considering a restaurant with a drive-through. The property is currently zoned Office & Technology in the county and a drive-through would be permitted under that designation, he said.

“Nothing’s been finalized yet but there’s been a lot of conversation about growth in that direction,” Gerhardt noted. He specifically pointed to Pavilion Partners LLC’s plans to put a restaurant in the Pavilion and build a banquet center at Indiana Dunes State Park beach--work on which he said is expected to resume in 2018--and suggested that those facilities would become a destination, adding commercial value to property along Ind. 49 north of Indian Boundary Road.

“Fun stuff could be happening,” Gerhardt said.

There is, however, one technical issue. The old Gerometta & Kinel property was served by a septic system and any restaurant developed on it would need sanitary sewer service. To that end, Gerhardt is in very preliminary discussions with the Town of Porter about the feasibility of being annexed, Porter Director of Development Michael Barry told the Tribune.

There is a sanitary line north of the property to which a restaurant could be connected and annexation would be the first step of that process, Barry said. “We are just starting to put the paperwork together.”



Posted 12/12/2017




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