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Lots combined for Porter Business Park; County DRC reviews cell towers

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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.

Porter Business Park is the development off U.S. 6 between Tanner Trace Subdivision and Porter Regional Hospital in Liberty Twp.

Todd Leeth, 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 would not.

MS4 Coordinator Rich Hudson said he is reviewing the Journey Senior Living site and finds the surface “in good shape.”

Leeth said combining the lots was something the developers planned for when they started the project about six years ago.

“We intentionally 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.

Business park update

Project Coordinator 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.

Meanwhile, the 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.

“Everything is moving right along,” Stovall said.

Jackson Twp. cell tower

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 system.

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.

Representing the 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.

Meanwhile, Bryan 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.



Posted 3/31/2017






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