By a simple 7-0
vote Thursday the Chesterton Advisory Plan Commission rebooted a 362-home
planned unit development approved in 2008 but never started.
After the meeting
developer Eric Gastevich of Olson Farms, LLC said he hopes to start site
work this winter for future construction of the initial phase having
traditional single-family homes as well as single-family residences with
exterior maintenance provided through assessments.
The 130-acre Easton
Park project on the east side of County Road 250E at the eastern terminus of
East Porter Avenue will have a mix of lot sizes and housing options --- all
single family --- and both public and private roads.
Charles Parkinson told members the 2008 approval was subject to final
engineering although no time limit was set on when it had to be completed.
Because engineering details and the sanitary sewer allocation approval now
are in hand, Parkinson advised that the conditions have been satisfied and
no additional review or hearings are required.
Calling the project
Easton Park instead of the original Sand Creek Farms was too minor a change
to reopen the PUD petition, he added.
dealt with other petitions Thursday and efficiently dispatched of last
night’s full agenda in less than one hour. Members also:
* Set a Nov.
20 preliminary hearing for Mainstreet Property Group’s new 7,750 square-foot
skilled nursing and assisted-living facility in Coffee Creek Center.
Construction would start spring of 2015 and take one year until occupancy.
* Set a Nov.
20 public hearing on 16-lot, Phase 1 of the new Brassie Estates subdivision
north of The Brassie golf course clubhouse on Pearson Road (County Road
125W). The subdivision will share The Brassie’s entrance and that road will
become a continuation of Niblick Avenue across the street to the east.
* Set a Nov.
20 public hearing on Lake Erie Land Co.’s petition to amend the lot lines
for 3 1/2 acres at the northeast corner of Gateway Boulevard and Village
Point Drive in Coffee Creek Center. A purchaser wants to build a strip mall
and two office buildings there.
Mainstreet Property Group, Jeff Ban of DVG said Coffee Creek Center’s PUD
needs to be amended to create one, 8.5-acre lot for the 106-bed facility,
which will be similar to ones now under construction by Mainstreet in Crown
Point and Dyer.
development director Michael Klingl said the Chesterton facility will offer
70 skilled-nursing beds for rehabilitation and 36 assisted-living rooms,
some studio units and some with a separate bedroom, primarily as a
transitional stop between rehab and home although longer stays are possible.
About 100 to 125 permanent jobs would be created, many higher paying, he
billions of dollars in later-life medical infrastructure needs to be built
as millions of Baby Boomers retire over the next 30-35 years.
Ban said Chesterton
was chosen because of its location between Porter Regional Hospital and the
Franciscan healthcare facility, and because Coffee Creek Center has other
medical-related providers in the Gateway Boulevard area where Mainstreet
Ban said the
exterior of the new nursing facility will have a Frank Lloyd Wright feel and
be angled on the lot because of wetlands there. Inside, Ban said the planned
amenities are chic and will make the residents feel like they’re on
Larger lots planned
Development manager Jack Slater said Brassie Estates will have 80-foot by
140-foot lots when the Chesterton town code for Residential-1 requires only
75 feet by 127 feet.
He explained the
new north/south road serving Phase 1, which will parallel Pearson Road, will
end in a temporary cul-de-sac to