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Council okays PUD amendment for Urschel Laboratories site

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By KEVIN NEVERS

The Chesterton Town Council has formally approved a amendment to the planned unit development ordinance governing the Third Addition to Coffee Creek Center: AKA the new home of Urschel Laboratories Inc.

At its meeting Monday night, the council voted 5-0 to approve the ordinance on first reading, 5-0 to suspend the rules, then 5-0 to approve the ordinance on final reading.

The amendment came to the council with the unanimous endorsement--following a public hearing--of the Advisory Plan Commission.

At the moment, only Phase I of the Urschel project is on the table: its corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility, on 75 acres in the extreme southeast quadrant of Coffee Creek Center. There are no plans right now for Phase II, which will encompass the remaining 80 or so acres extending from the northern boundary of Phase I all the way north to Harrington Drive in Morgan’s Corner.

The amendment endorsed by the Plan Commission features only one new permitted use: “The use shall be for ‘Urschel Laboratories Inc. headquarters and manufacturing facility campus,’ along with ancillary uses and accessory structures for the production of size reduction equipment and related products.”

Basically, as Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann has said, the PUD “defines what Urschel does. And that is the use.”

The PUD governing the Third Addition of Coffee Creek Center has always provided for light manufacturing, since originally permitted years ago.

The amendment also includes a number of specific variances from the Zoning Ordinance, among them the following:

*Principal building structures may be 50 feet in height, in lieu of 35 feet.

*Accessory buildings may be 60 feet in height, in lieu of 16, and may be closing than 10 feet to the principal building.

*There may be two monument signs with a combined maximum surface area of 400 square feet, in lieu of one free-standing sign with a maximum gross surface area of 120 square feet.

The site will be accessible via two routes. The first will be an extended Gateway Blvd. via four-lane bridge which the company will build over Coffee Creek at its own expense. The extended Gateway Blvd. will be a public roadway as far east as a turn-around which the company will also build. But after a motorist exits the turn-around, he or she will be on a private roadway owned and maintained by Urschel.

A second entrance will be located off C.R. 200E, the easternmost limit of Coffee Creek Center.

“The Plan Commission has gone through this pretty thoroughly,” said Member Jeff Trout, R-2nd, himself a member of the commission. We appreciate the work of the Urschel team and all of the efforts made by staff so far.”

Added Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th, also a member of the Plan Commission, “There was a lot of public input on this and the neighbors were there.”

 

 

Posted 5/29/2013