after it was first proposed, a bid could be let next month on a 700-foot
continuation of Gateway Boulevard east of the main entrance to Coffee Creek
Advisory Plan Commission reviewed developer Lake Erie Land's project
Thursday; no action was needed although the plans were explained and
Installation of the
extension, a multi-lane parkway with planted median and sidewalks, also will
include reconstruction of the original Gateway Boulevard to replace its
brick pavers with a conventional road surface. The pavers have proven
difficult to maintain.
The extended road,
which will end near Johnson Ditch, will enable development of a large tract
to the east purchased by Urschel Laboratories for a new manufacturing plant
and corporate headquarters.
Urschel will be
installing the culvert, Johnson Ditch bridge and a cul-de-sac east of it,
said LEL engineer Michael Johnston of Lawson-Fisher Associates of South
Current plans are
for the extension to include new storm sewers, curbs and two approved
detention areas; Johnston said additional detention areas south of Gateway
for future development also are proposed and approval is pending before the
Porter County Drainage Board.
warmer, dryer weather is needed to tear out the pavers and their base.
Commission president George Stone, long a critic of the pavers, welcomed the
change to asphalt. "The vision of those (Urschel) trucks on pavers was not a
Sig Niepokoj asked if the Coffee Creek streets that serve Speedway, Hilton
Garden Inn, Lakeshore Bone and Joint and other businesses will remain open
during the road work.
Town engineer Mark
O'Dell said yes, especially with doctors' offices and a dialysis center
there that needs to remain open.
On a 7-0 vote the
commission recommended that the Town Council approve changes to the Tamarack
Plaza development at the northeast corner of Rail Road and County Road 100E.
to a 2001 ordinance governing the project would allow developer Paul Shinn
the option of having four, four-unit townhomes instead of commercial
buildings. After 13 years only one commercial building was built and Shinn
said he hopes residential will be more marketable.
During a public
hearing last month, some neighbors balked at possibly having 16 rental units
in their area. To address that, Tamarack attorney Greg Babcock submitted
revised language that better defines condominiums. After the meeting
commission attorney Julie Paulson said the new language doesn't prohibit
rentals of the condo units.
Jeff Trout said a lot of young professionals want to be mobile, and empty
nesters don't want the obligations tied to home ownership.
Babcock said the
town still would review floor plans, covenants and other aspects of any
residential buildings proposed. He also said a berm with trees is in place
on the property's west side.
Stone inquired if
anyone in the audience wanted to comment on the Tamarack petition but no one
did. He noted Jeff Dueberry submitted a letter restating the opposition he
voiced Feb. 20.
Stone Meadows April
At developer Marci
Stone's request the commission unanimously rescheduled to April 17 a planned
public hearing on 25-lot Stone Meadows subdivision.
As attorney for the
project, Babcock said the developer still is working with the Chesterton
Utility Service Board and construction drawings are being finalized. The
single-family subdivision would be located on 10.5 acres at the southwest
corner of County Roads 1100N and 50W.
Also Thursday, the
commission asked Paulson to prepare language to modify its 2012 stop-work
order so homes already built in the Villages of Sand Creek can obtain
building permits to make improvements.
The original intent
was that new construction only be prevented until issues with the developer
are resolved, but discussion last month showed the meaning of the original
2012 motion was not clear and existing homeow