investment group specializing in hotels is eyeing land in Coffee Creek
Center--located immediately north of the Culver’s restaurant--for the
development of a Holiday Inn Express and a Fairfield Inn & Suites.
Manager Bernie Doyle told the Town Council at its meeting Monday night that
last week he heard a presentation from the Amerilodge Group of Bloomfield
Hills, Mich., which develops hotels both in Michigan and Indiana.
The Fairfield Inn &
Suites would feature 87 rooms in three stories and be built immediately east
of Ind. 49. The Holiday Inn Express would feature 90 rooms in four stories
and be built to the east of the Fairfield. The complex would be accessed by
Matson Street and Blackwell Lane.
After the meeting,
Doyle told the Chesterton Tribune that Amerilodge initially looked at
the empty slab which was to have been a Holiday Inn Express, at the
southwest corner of Ind. 49 and Indian Boundary Road, just east of the Best
Western. That project was abandoned in 2017 after the owner of the Holiday
Inn Express franchise canceled its contract with the developer, Cosmos
Hospitality Service LLC.
didn’t like the location, Doyle said, and instead favors the proximity of
the Indiana Toll Road as well as of Urschel Laboratories Inc. “The growth in
that area is extremely important to them as well.”
pursue the project and the permitting go smoothly, Doyle added, ground could
be broken late in the fall or sometime in the spring of 2019. “These guys
move pretty fast. This isn’t their first rodeo.”
East Porter Ave.
Road Closure Approaching
In other business,
Town Engineer Mark O’Dell announced that work will soon begin on re-locating
utilities along the East Porter Ave. bridge over Sand Creek, in advance of
its demolition later this summer and replacement with a box culvert.
The bad news:
motorists can expect East Porter Ave. to be closed at the bridge for about a
month, from June 15 through July 15, the permit window given the contractor
by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to work in the stream.
East Porter Ave.
could be closed longer, if the contractor hits a snag, but in that case the
town would have to secure a permit extension from DNR.
Construction Inc. of Highland was awarded the contract for its low bid of
$619,370.22 Half of the project’s cost will be funded through a 50/50 grant
awarded the town through the State of Indiana’s Community Crossings
Safe Haven Baby Box
reiterated their support for the installation of a Safe Haven baby box at
the Chesterton Fire station, following enactment by the General Assembly of
legislation which permits such boxes to be placed at fire stations manned
authorized Fire Chief John Jarka to investigate the ways and means for the
installation of such a box, which allows distressed mothers to anonymously
give up an unwanted infant. The box would be electronically monitored and
climate controlled and so long as there are no signs of the infant’s having
been neglected or abused, the mother need fear no criminal investigation.
Member Jim Ton,
R-1st, originally expressed an interest in a local safe haven baby box after
afterbirth was discovered in a portable toilet along the Prairie Duneland
Trail, the day after a baby was left in a box installed at the Coolspring
Township Fire Department in Michigan City. A second baby was left in the
CTFD’s box on Sunday.