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Chesterton Building Department reports $65M in building value in 2017

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Just how banner a building year was 2017 in the Town of Chesterton, as the Chesterton Tribune reported in its Year in Review retrospective on Friday?

This banner: last year the total value of all building projects in town--including new commercial and residential, commercial and residential remodels and additions, and home-improvement projects--was $65,616,014.

That represents fully a 22-percent increase over the previous yearís total building value of $53,666,963. Even more, it represents a 96-percent increase over 2015ís total building value of $33,475,082.

Put it this way: over the last two years, businesses, homeowners, and home builders have nearly doubled the amount of their investment in Chesterton.

The Building Department also issued 16 percent more permits in 2017: 1,268, compared to 1,044 in 2016.

It collected 24 percent more revenues from building permit fees: $248,900, compared to $200,253 in 2016.

And it generated 15 percent more in total revenue from all sources (building permit fees, park impact fees, and contractorsí registration): $524,666, compared to $457,162 in 2016.


Leading all commercial projects in 2017 was the Residences of Sand Creek senior living facility at Coffee Creek Center. Value: $12 million.

Urschel Laboratories Inc. takes second place in building value. Late last year the company began a major addition to its manufacturing and office space valued at $6.5 million. It also increased the size of its parking lot, to the tune of $800,000.

In October the Building Department issued a permit for a new strip mall featuring a rooftop restaurant on Gateway Blvd. in Coffee Creek Center. Value: $1.4 million.

Also in October it issued a permit for a brand-new business build: Express Slats Manufacturing on Pioneer Trail, valued at $813,700.

Other 2017 numbers:

* Four permits were issued for commercial additions ($6,540,875).

* 13 for commercial remodels ($733,208)

* 48 for commercial parking lots ($1,638,740).

* 22 for commercial repair/replace ($239,161).

* 45 for signs and billboards (82), with a total value of $183,613 ($317,007).


Meanwhile, the number of new single-family home builds increased by a third in 2017: 89, compared to 58 in 2016 (and 29 in 2015). Total value: $26,497,671.

By the Tribuneís rough count, nearly half of those homes--43--were built or are being built in the Morganís Corner neighborhood of Coffee Creek Center, south of Sidewalk Road and west of 200E.

Nine more were built in the Estates of Sand Creek.

Eight in Easton Park, at the terminus of East Porter Ave. and 250E. When built out, Easton Park will be the largest subdivision ever developed in Chesterton, with 342.

Eight also in the Village Green neighborhood of Coffee Creek Center, south of Sidewalk Road and east of Village Point.

Five each in Stone Meadows, south of 1100N and east of 23rd Street; and in Brassie Estates, north of the Brassie Golf Course.

Two in Duneland Trails, west of South Fifth Street and north of C.R. 1050N.

And seven fill-in homes and duplexes elsewhere in town.

On the multi-family front, ground broke this year on the Eagle Crossing high-end apartment complex at Coffee Creek Center, south of Rail Road and east of Kelle Drive. Permits were issued for eight different buildings of varying sizes, with a total value of $7,579,720. A permit was also issued for the construction of a recreational clubhouse for the residents ($750,000).

Home Improvement

* 282 permits were issued for single-family residential repairs (245 in 2016), with a total value of $2,085,323 ($1,689,965). By the Tribuneís count, 118 permits were issued for roof work (111), 62 for windows (60), and 21 for siding (19).

* 33 for single-family remodels (30), with a total value of $774,276 ($731,200).

* 88 for deck/porch/patio work (83), with a total value of $464,566 ($299,760).

* 67 for fences (63), with a total value of $238,900 ($223,062).

* 37 for sheds (17), with a total value of $114,686 ($29,080).

* 11 for pools (14), with a total value of $99,340 ($139,800).

* 212 for electric work (173), with a total value of $169,443 ($118,525).

* 139 for plumbing (109), with a total value of $99,340 ($21,170).

Code Enforcement

Last year the Building Department also issued 281 inspection notices, filed 38 written complaints, issued two citations and five stop-work orders, performed lawn-care management on five vacant properties, and traveled approximately 9,000 miles.


Posted 1/4/2018





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