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Lemon Tree to serve beer and wine under Chesterton riverfront designation

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A third restaurant in Chesterton will now be serving beer and wine under the aegis of the “riverfront area” designation approved by the Town Council in 2009.

At the council’s meeting Monday night, Town Manager Bernie Doyle reported that the Lemon Tree Mediterranean Grill at 356 Indian Boundary Road has received its license.

It joins the Octave Grill at 137 S. Calumet Road and Villanova Pizzeria & Bistro at 213 Broadway.

The riverfront area--which allows a municipality to circumvent population quotas on alcohol licenses--extends 3,000 feet from either bank of Coffee Creek as it winds its way south to north through the Downtown. Very roughly, those limits describe a district bounded--west of Coffee Creek--by the CSX tracks to the north, Porter Ave. to the south, and as far west as Eighth Street; and--east of Coffee Creek--by the Norfolk Southern tracks to the south, the east arm of the Little Calumet River to the north, and as far east as Roberts Road.

Alcohol licenses granted under the riverfront designation are made available only to restaurants and only in the Downtown.

Biedron Petition

In other business, members voted 4-0 formally to reject the petition of Thomas and Jane Biedron for the vacation of a stormwater utility easement on their property at 1540 Bunker Drive. Member Nick Walding, R-3rd, was not in attendance.

In fact the petition was, for all practical purposes moot, and the council gave the Biedrons the choice of withdrawing it, but Jane Biedron asked members to reject it instead.

At issue: Thomas Biedron, confined to a wheelchair, wants to install an aqua-therapy pool in an addition to his home and had planned to put that addition on the side of the residence, within two feet of the property line and on top of the utility easement. Staff, however, warned that encroachment on the six-foot drainage easement would have impacted the neighboring property.

In what Jane Biedron termed a “compromise,” the addition will instead be put on the back of the residence, which practically speaking rendered the vacation petition moot.

Meanwhile, at a special meeting on July 3, the Board of Zoning Appeals granted the Biedrons a rear-yard setback variance, which will allow them to build the 20’ x 12’ addition.

Urschel Groundbreaking

Jeff Trout, R-2nd, took a moment at the end of the meeting to make note of the groundbreaking scheduled for 12 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at which Urschel Laboratories Inc. will formally begin work on its new manufacturing and corporate headquarters at Coffee Creek Center, ending the company’s long-time association with the City of Valparaiso.

“It will be a turning point in the history of Chesterton,” Trout predicted.


Posted 7/9/2013