A public hearing will take place Jan. 20 on Paul Shinn's request to rezone
seven commercial lots for single-family residential use at the northwest
corner of South Calumet Road and Washington Street.
His attorney, Greg Babcock, told the Chesterton Advisory Plan Commission on
Thursday that two lots of the former Bassett Florist property fronting
Calumet would remain zoned Business-2.
Following the public hearing, the Plan Commission will review the proposal
and make a recommendation to the Town Council for final action.
Commission members Jeff Trout and George Stone encouraged Shinn to review
his plan and determine whether the commercial lots, each approximately 50
feet by 120 feet, are large enough actually to build upon. "I don't want to
be left with an undevelopable commercial lot," said Stone.
Member Emerson DeLaney asked if the unimproved alley platted with the land
would be built for the residential owners to use, perhaps making the alley a
Babcock said if the alley were vacated instead, the lot owners would have
more usable space and pay taxes on it although an easement to service sewers
would be retained.
Trout said it was good to see Shinn propose developing near the adjacent
downtown area, something that hasn't been done in a while. Babcock said
Shinn is looking at building 1,300 to 1,400 square-foot homes with two-car
garages comparable in value to the existing neighborhood.