The Porter County
Development Review Committee on Wednesday approved St. Andrew Development’s
request to combine several lots for the Journey Senior Living of Valparaiso
assisted living and memory care facility in Porter Business Park and for the
eight-unit commercial building.
Park is the development off U.S. 6 between Tanner Trace Subdivision and
Porter Regional Hospital in Liberty Twp.
attorney for St. Andrews, said the first request is to combine lots in Phase
1 into one lot for the commercial building that has recently been
constructed. Lots C-8 and C-9 would be combined into a lot called C-8A and
lots OT-3 and OT-4 would be combined to form OT-3A.
The second request
is to replat lots OT-10, OT-18, OT-19 and OT-20 in the area zoned Office and
Technology in Phase 2 along the back sides of lots OT-5 through OT-9 in
Phase 1. Those would be combined into a lot referred to as OT-18A that will
be the overall site for Journey Senior Living, Leeth said.
Members of the
Development Review Committee -- County Stormwater Engineer Mike Novotney,
Health Department representative Kelly Cadwell, former Drainage Board
President Dave Burrus, County Surveyor Kevin Breitzke and Department of
Development and Stormwater Management Director Robert Thompson -- asked if
these changes would impact the drainage plans or access. Leeth said they
Rich Hudson said he is reviewing the Journey Senior Living site and finds
the surface “in good shape.”
combining the lots was something the developers planned for when they
started the project about six years ago.
sliced the pie thin to give the greatest flexibility to do what we are
doing. We knew that users would want two or three lots and then we would
combine them so we are doing exactly what we anticipated,” Leeth said.
The DRC approved
both requests to combine the lots. Thompson said the replat would not need
Plan Commission approval since the plats for the phases have been accepted.
for Porter Business Park Patty Stoval said after the meeting that the
construction for the 90,000 sq. ft. Journey Senior Living facility, which is
being developed by the Argent Group, is on track to open by the end of this
year. She said the infrastructure for Phase 2 has been completed.
14,000 sq. ft. commercial building owned by Janis Development is constructed
and one tenant will be ready to open in a few weeks, Quest Diagnostics.
Stovall said two
more tenants will be moving in soon but they are not yet ready to announce
who they are.
There are also
plans for a food service tenant in the park’s commercial area. Stovall said
the businesses in the park will complement the hospital.
moving right along,” Stovall said.
Jackson Twp. cell
In other cases, the
DRC heard four requests for monopole cell towers throughout the county. Two
of them were from the Porter County Board of Commissioners for upgrading the
E911 Communications system as it prepares to move to an 800-megahertz
But also, plans
moved forward to place a 165-foot telecommunication tower on a 76-acre
parcel of agricultural land north of 1148 North and west of CR 400 East in
Jackson Twp. by Cellusite LLC, of Noblesville, Ind. The purpose is to
provide better coverage to cell phone customers in the area.
communications company, Drew McGrew said the pole will be placed behind an
existing utility substation and is a significant distance from residential
properties. The closest property line is a railroad easement.
The pole will meet
the setbacks to the north but not from other directions, McGrew said, which
will require variances from the County Board of Zoning Appeals.
Novotney said the
location is near to some wetlands and asked McGrew to make delineation of
those wetlands before construction so they can be protected.
Breitzke said he
thinks this will be a good location for the cell tower as the next nearest
one is close to where the Toll Road crosses CR 1000N. He advised Cellusite
to be aware of four pipelines that cross near the property.
McGrew made another
request for a monopole at 114 North CR 600W in Union Twp.
Donley with Insite, Inc. told of two locations where 185-foot cell towers
will go for the 911 infrastructure improvements. One is at the south county
Highway Garage at 254 West Ind. 8 in Boone Twp. near Hebron and the other at
the Lake Eliza Volunteer Fire Station at 529 West Division Rd. in Union Twp.
Motorola is doing the designs, Donley said.