Growing Kids Learning Center cleared its first hurdle in locating a new
facility, the company’s seventh, at County Road 1100N and South 11th Street.
The Chesterton Advisory Plan Commission voted to forward a favorable
recommendation to the Town Council to allow the use. The council needs to
amend the original 1984 planned unit development ordinance for the
Chesterton Professional Center.
The council also is being requested to vacate easements at the site, where
only a dental office is located and Growing Kids would build to the north
and on either side of it.
No one commented Thursday during a Plan Commission public hearing on the PUD
amendment that will combine three parcels into one 3.8-acre lot. Using a
Power Point presentation, Growing Kids attorney Todd Leeth explained the
variances from town code that are included in the request.
In addition to allowing child care, a monument sign 8 feet above grade --- 2
feet higher than allowed --- is sought. Also being requested are a total 170
square feet of signage instead of the maximum of 145 square feet; a 6-foot
fence instead of a 4.5-foot fence around the playground area southwest of
the building; and four fewer parking spaces than the 65 required.
Commission members George Stone and Fred Owens asked about claiming 13
spaces from the dental parking for Growing Kids own use. Leeth said the
spaces will be on Growing Kids property but won’t actually be used by the
daycare/learning center. The dental sign will be relocated.
Owens said the original PUD called for four triangular lots served by a
circle drive which would allow good access for fire trucks; he asked town
engineer Mark O’Dell if fire trucks can maneuver using the revised site
plan. He said not as easily, but yes.
Commission and council member Emerson DeLaney asked if the monument sign
would cause a blind spot for drivers at the 1100N/11th Street intersection.
O’Dell said it’s believed to be far enough back so that won’t occur.
Sidewalks will be installed along both sides of the corner lot. The new
building will be constructed diagonally facing the intersection.
Commission member Sig Niepokoj asked if Growing Kids performs background
checks on its employees. Leeth said yes, and the company also thumbprints
them. Vote to forward a favorable recommendation was 6-0 with member Tom
Bell subdivision planned
From the audience under public comment Glenn Peterson presented a sketch
plat for an approximately 11-lot subdivision on the eastern 7 acres of the
former Ruge property at the southwest corner of Porter Avenue and 15th
The Bell family acquired the larger Ruge tract in 2005; the existing brick
home and a pole barn on its western portion will remain intact, according to
He said some homes in the new section will be for family members but lots
along 15th Street would be sold. The family would retain architectural
approval and the homes would conform to Residential-1 even though the
property is zoned R-2.
President Stone said he had no immediate comment because no subdivision
petition has been filed and he invited Peterson to do so.
Duneland Trails accepted
Developer Don Coker said final repairs have been made and the commission
voted unanimously to accept Duneland Trails subdivision subject to a final
review by town staff.
The commission also agreed to accept Coker’s $10,392 cash bond and extend
from June 18, 2014 to June 18, 2016 the completion date for the sidewalks on
the final four unbuilt lots in the subdivision.