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
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.
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.
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
commercial projects in 2017 was the Residences of Sand Creek senior living
facility at Coffee Creek Center. Value: $12 million.
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
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
* 48 for commercial
parking lots ($1,638,740).
* 22 for commercial
* 45 for signs and
billboards (82), with a total value of $183,613 ($317,007).
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).
* 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
* 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).
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