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Chesterton BZA to hear requests for St Patrick Cemetery expansion and Boys and Girls Club move

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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.


Posted 10/24/2013