Construction of the
90,000 sq. ft. Journey Senior Living of Valparaiso is expected to begin
shortly, its developers said after the Porter County Plan Commission voted
7-0 in favor of the centerís site plan on Wednesday.
from The Argent Group and architect Branyo Dvorak said the approximately
50-foot tall building will have 24 units on the first story specifically for
memory care and the upper three levels will consist of 76 units for assisted
There will be a
center courtyard and the building will have a kitchen and lounge area. The
parking lot will be able to accommodate up to 66 spaces, Dvorak said.
The building will
be on a 3.87-acre parcel west of the Porter Regional Hospital property on
U.S. 6 in Liberty Twp. The 68 acres of developable property in Porter
Business Park is owned by St. Andrews Development LLC.
Director of the
Countyís Development and Stormwater Management Department Robert Thompson
said the site plan had been favored in an informal review by the
Departmentís Development Review Committee earlier in November. The plan
meets the setbacks listed in the Countyís Unified Development Ordinance,
Thompson said, and his staff will be doing inspections for storm water.
developers were successful last spring in getting a rezoning for an
Institutional district specifically for the assisted living and memory care
told the Commission that the area of the business park where the building is
situated -- Phase II -- has not had approval of secondary primary plat,
which would be required for construction can begin.
Mitch Peters made the motion to approve the site plan contingent on
secondary plat approval by the Department of Development and Stormwater
for Porter Business Park Patty Stovall said after the meeting that she has
submitted the secondary plat and expects to start construction immediately
after it is approved.
The timeframe for
construction is 12 months, said The Argent Group.
Near the entrance
of the business park zoned commercial, construction is progressing on a
commercial strip plaza owned by Janis Development LLC.