suggestions made by the Chesterton Board of Zoning Appeals earlier this
year, Centier Bank agreed to remove its current freestanding sign and reduce
its total signage by 50 feet.
The BZA voted 5-0
on a new site plan presented by Centier Bank on Thursday that includes a new
90 sq. ft. monument sign on the northwest corner, 45 sq. ft. on each side,
of the parcel next to CR 100E. A 30 sq. ft. monument sign on the east side
along South Calumet Rd. is proposed to replace the freestanding sign once
it’s taken down.
Centier will take down the awning sign over the drive through, resulting in
50 sq. ft. less of signage.
Centier Bank, attorney Greg Babcock said the CR 100E sign will be ten feet
south of the sanitary sewer line that runs north and east of the north
Babcock said with
the reductions, the bank is staying within the zoning requirements for
signage. The only variance needed is for an additional monument sign.
Dan Plank, Vice
President of Facilities for Centier, told the board “the goal of this is to
improve our presence in Chesterton.”
“We really don’t
have a great presence on County Road 100 East,” he said.
Babcock said that
the building was built in the 1970s when South Calumet had been the major
road for south Chesterton. The current freestanding sign was installed in
2003 but afterward, the development of the South Calumet Business District
created a new four-way stop on CR 100E. The portion of South Calumet Rd. has
since become a frontage road, Babcock said.
proposed in July relocating a freestanding sign to its west side and install
a monument sign on South Calumet Rd. Board members however commented that a
freestanding sign would not fit the character of the area and suggested
the board’s suggestions as what led to the new site plan, dropping
freestanding signs altogether. BZA member Kim Goldak said she appreciates
BZA member Jim
Kowalski said he “feels good” about continuing to get rid of the
freestanding signs, serving the town well for the future.
If there is ever a
case where a business in proximity to the South Calumet Business District
comes to the board over signage, the board can now point to Centier as an
“We are setting a
precedent for that area,” Kowalski said.
The board voted
unanimously in approval after a public hearing. No one from the public was
agenda also had included a public hearing for the Joyce A. Fleming Revocable
Living Trust’s request to reduce a front building setback from 25 feet to
three feet at 112 Wilson St.
BZA President Joe
Ackerman said the Flemings have formally withdrawn the petition.
Cliff Fleming had
said at the preliminary hearing in November that a geotechnical engineer
suggested the setback be reduced so the home planned for the property could
be moved closer to the road due to potential erosion.
The BZA had
approved a variance on the property earlier this year for the building
setback to be reduced from 25 to nine feet.