Chesterton Plan Commission meeting saw proposals for two new developments
including condominium style homes in Duneland Cove and a site plan for
up-scale apartment buildings in Coffee Creek Center.
proposes to add 40 new homes in a new planned unit development to its
southwest corner, in close proximity to the Franciscan Omni Health and
Vic Roberts of Vic
Roberts Development Inc. said there is a growing demand by residents to have
housing options for their aging parents like a condominium rather than
having to purchase a full home. Duneland Cove plans to request a new planned
unit development to have smaller and more energy efficient homes that could
accommodate senior residents for about $170,000 to $200,000 depending on the
number of bedrooms and bathrooms.
“It’s really tough
today to build a house for grandpa and grandma for under $200,000,” he said.
Roberts said there
will be four buildings with four residencies and three others with eight for
a total of 40 homes with garages.
The location is
where phase four of Duneland Cove was originally planned about two decades
ago along Michael Drive, Roberts said. Traffic will flow from Michael Dr.
onto Sand Creek Dr.
In the PUD, roads
will be private and maintained by the homeowners association. Working with
Roberts on the petition and figuring utility capabilities is attorney Greg
He has been meeting
with town staff to figure drainage points on the property.
The project was on
the agenda as a concept review plan but the Commission’s attorney Julie
Paulson said not all requirements have been fulfilled and therefore the
official review will need to be at another meeting.
President George Stone said his concern was that the condominiums would be
“out of character” with the residential properties.
Roberts said the
homes will not be unlike those nearby in Old Towne neighborhood and these
won’t be apartments. He said he talked to a few of the residents who said
they were okay with the proposal.
“Our goal is to
create higher density homes that are energy efficient that they can’t do
anywhere else right now,” Roberts said. He hopes to begin construction in
Fred Owens said he lives in Duneland Cove and likes the idea of the homes
having easy access to the health center and doctor offices.
New development at
Coffee Creek proposed
In another matter,
engineer Jeff Ban of Development Visions Group (DVG) Inc. presented to the
planners conceptual plans for luxury residential rental homes on 18 acres of
property on the east side Kelle Drive between Railroad Rd. and Sidewalk Rd.
with a total of 170 units spread out over 23 buildings.
The property is
currently owned by Lake Erie Land Company and heading up development are Jon
Hicks and Michael Sakich of In Good Company, Ban said.
he said, is called Conservancy Point at Coffee Creek Center, which will
likely be changed to avoid confusion with the Coffee Creek Center
Buildings will have
from two to ten and twelve units each and there are plans for two open
spaces in the center, a clubhouse, a swimming pool and a children’s play
area, the plans show. It is not planned to be a gated community.
The main entrance
will be on Kelle Dr., with an exit for emergencies on Railroad Rd.
The proposal was
not part of the official meeting agenda and the concept review would be at a
later date but Ban said his group has been working with town staff who
suggested to bring it up to the Commission to get their first impressions.
Ban said the
buildings will be “prairie style homes” with an earthy appearance like those
seen in Sand Creek. All utilities and roadways would be privately operated
in a planned unit development.
Jeff Trout had questions about configuring the easiest way for residents to
exit if they want to get to Ind. 49. “I’d say there should be as much
connectivity as there can be.”
Stone said that
this would not be contrary to original plans for Coffee Creek Center as they
had planned for apartment buildings. The nearby Enclave Apartments in Coffee
Creek are also luxury style apartments.
Thomas Kopko said he would like to see more open space as he sees on the map
“very little grass and lots of black asphalt.”
Before plans are
submitted for a formal concept review, Stone advised that the group “lower
the density and open it up a bit more.”