Advisory Plan Commission held a public hearing at its meeting Thursday night
on proposed amendments to the planned unit development for the Eagle
Crossing apartment complex.
Babcock, who has been representing In Good Company Inc. on the Eagle
Crossing project, reported at the preliminary hearing last month that the
parking area for the complex was redesigned to accommodate an easement
around a pipeline owned by Buckeye. Also, a fire entrance has been converted
into a permanent entrance, a change which Babcock said was approved by
Chesterton Fire Chief John Jarka and Chesterton Police Chief David Cincoski.
Finally, changes to the parking lotÑangled spaces instead of perpendicular
ones and the addition of some parallel parkingÑforced the relocation of
handicapped parking spaces to a different area of the lot.
Babcock amended the
wording of the PUD to reflect these changes. He also added language that
clarifies who will be maintaining what, as some of the new parking lies in a
Town right-of-way. The developers will be responsible for the maintenance.
No one spoke for or
against the amendments at the public hearing. The Commission voted to
approve the amendments to the PUD and forward them to the Town Council with
member Thomas Kopko dissenting.
In other business,
two representatives of Amerilodge Group appeared to give the board a brief
concept review of a potential project. Asad Malik, president and CEO of
Amerilodge was present, as well as Todd Bauer of Foresight Consulting LLC,
who is working with Amerilodge. Malik said the group has acquired five acres
of land just north of the Culver’s on Ind. 49 and hopes to construct a
Holiday Inn Express and a Fairfield Inn there.
George Stone noted that there is already another hotel in close proximity to
those five acresÑthe Hilton Garden InnÑand that it could become a “hotel
corner.” He asked Malik, “How much hotel business is there in Chesterton? Is
there enough volume to fill all of these hotels plus the ones at the north
end of town?”
that he is confident there is. He noted that Amerilodge Group has recently
built hotels in LaPorte and Portage and is in the process of building one in
Michigan City. Both the LaPorte and Portage locations are flourishing,
according to Malik.
Town Engineer Mark
O’Dell said Amerilodge will have to receive primary plat approval on the
land and must turn in the primary plat by June 4 to move forward.