The Chesterton Board of Zoning Appeals will conduct preliminary hearings
tonight on separate requests to expand St. Patrick Cemetery and to relocate
the Duneland unit of the Boys & Girls Club of Porter County to a new home at
521 W. County Road 1100N.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall. If the petitions are in
order, future public hearings will be set.
A third preliminary hearing tonight is for Debra Bernard of 2350 Arndt St.,
who wants to construct a 4 foot-tall, semi-private fence running parallel to
the alley within the required setback.
Property owner A-1 Construction is requesting a variance to allow the Boys &
Girls Club to operate in a Residential-1 zone at the former Lighthouse
Christian Center just west of the southwest corner of 1100N and South Fifth
Street. The club has been operating in Chesterton since 2006 at 135 W.
Lincoln Ave. in the former Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
The petitioner said the new location would be remodeled affording
approximately 6,250 square feet of programmable space, and is within close
proximity to five Duneland School Corp. buildings and one mile from the
current Lincoln Avenue site.
The youth club serves an average 120 members during the school year
including after-school child care.
The Catholic Bishops of the Diocese of Gary through St. Patrick Church is
seeking permission to expand the South Calumet Road cemetery by a projected
2,160 grave sites, subject to land suitability, on vacant adjacent property
the church purchased. The parcel is zoned Residential-2.
According to the petition, there are only five lots available for sale in
the 1920 cemetery. St. Patrick currently serves over 2,000 parishioners and
has three to four burials a month at the cemetery.