Board of Zoning Appeals will resume its public hearing on a use variance for
a distillery at the old Westchester Lanes when it meets at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 27.
In fact the owner
of the building, Lukas Weldon, is seeking two variances: the use variance
for the distillery; and a special exemption which would permit the inside
storage of RVs, boats, and trailers, and other vehicles in the portion of
the building which used to be a bowling alley proper. The distillery would
be sited in the former lounge area of Westchester Lanes, and a rated
firewall would be constructed between the two uses.
At the public
hearing convened in at the board’s July meeting, Fire Chief John Jarka and
Town Engineer Mark O’Dell both expressed some degree of concern related to
the flammability of the spirits which Vern Brown--owner of The Chesterton
Brewery and Weldon’s proposed tenant--would be distilling on site. Hence the
firewall as well as Brown’s investment in a “spirit safe,” in which the
actual liquid and vapors would be stored temporarily until transferred to
are likely to impose other conditions on the variance, which is why they
opted to continue the public hearing to its August meeting.
One other public
hearing is scheduled for Thursday, on Earl and Cathy Clark’s petition for
two variances to permit the construction of a larger garage on their
property at 223 S. Eighth St.: one to increase the maximum lot coverage of
30 percent to 41 percent, a variance of 11 percent; and the other to reduce
the sideyard setback from eight to three feet, a variance of five feet.
hearings are also scheduled for Thursday.
The first: the
long-continued preliminary hearing on BenLew Enterprises LLC’s petition for
a raft of variances related to the property at the southeast corner of East
Porter Ave. and South Calumet Road. That property has since been subdivided
into two separate lots: the one with the house; and the one with the former
travel agency. The variances mostly concern setbacks and lot coverage, but
BenLew is seeking as well a variance to allow automobile storage at the old
travel agency, zoned B-2.
preliminary hearing: Ryan and Scarlett Spains’ petition for a variance to
permit the construction of an additional attached two-car garage: to reduce
the side street setback from the minimum of 25 feet to 18 feet, a variance
of seven feet.
preliminary hearing: on Neal Storage II LLC’s petition for a use variance to
permit the establishment of a dog daycare, grooming service, and boutique.