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
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.”