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
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.
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