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Planners approve two subdivisions, strip mall; Coffee Creek Center assisted living advances

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A portion of Pearson Road will be widened with curbs and a sidewalk installed as part of the first 16 lots given primary approval Thursday for the new Brassie Estates subdivision north of The Brassie golf course.

The initial widening will be from Niblick Avenue north the distance of Phase 1 on the west side of Pearson. Eventually when the 100-home residential development is completed, Pearson will be widened from Niblick north to just short of the Prairie Duneland hike/bike trail.

The petition was just one of several the Chesterton Advisory Plan Commission considered last night:

*  Members set for public hearing Dec. 18 a request by Lake Erie Land as property owner to amend its original plan for Coffee Creek Center to allow developer Mainstreet Property Group to build a 7,750 square-foot rehabilitation and assisted living center on 8.5 acres north of Gateway Boulevard.

*  Also set for public hearing Dec. 18 was Lakeside Wealth Management Groupís request to erect two single-sided signs at 3100 Village Point Dr. in Coffee Creek Center where Lakeside shares a building with Duneland Dialysis Center.

*  Approved on both primary and final plat was a request by LEL to subdivide as a separate lot Sand Creek Country Clubís original clubhouse and sales center as well as its two parkings lots on 1.62 acres across from the new clubhouse. The land is zoned residential and would remain so. No one commented during a public hearing.

*  Also advancing with primary and final approval following a no-comment public hearing was LELís request to plat 3.5 acres at the northeast corner of Gateway Boulevard and Village Point Drive in Coffee Creek Center enabling contractor Tony Vendramin to build a strip mall and two office buildings there.

*  During LELís petitions commission member Jeff Trout reminded company representative Kevin Warren that an original commitment for Coffee Creek Center was to provide the town with 17 acres of open space for public use suitable for softball and soccer. Warren said itís a good time to make the promise a priority and he intends to work with town staff and the commission to start moving forward.

Three Dogwood Estates residents commented during the public hearing for Brassie Estates. Dogwood Estates is on the east side of Pearson Road across from Phase 1 of Shillingís subdivision.

Shilling development manager Jack Slager presented the petition. The projectís primary plat approval was contingent on obtaining a letter from the Chesterton Utility Board approving a sanitary sewer allocation.

Jennifer Gadzala, who is Chestertonís MS4 stormwater operator, spoke in favor of Brassie Estates but expressed concern that inadequate provisions for stormwater there could lead to overflows of the Dogwood Estates detention pond since both will use Gustafson Ditch for their eventual outflow. Gadzala said the pond overflowed in 2008 onto subdivision streets and was at a high level in 2010.

She also asked that covenants for homes on the far north end of Brassie Estates that will be closest to Gustafson Ditch have restrictions placed on them so the ditch canít be obstructed in any way.

Resident Kelvin Christian echoed Gadzalaís stormwater concern but as a remonstrator.

Slager said Brassie Estates stormwater will pass by easement to the west through the golf course stormwater system before entering Gustafson. As part of the Pearson Road widening Shilling will replace with concrete pipe the plastic stormwater pipe along Pearson that serves Dogwood Estates. Town engineer Mark OíDell said it doesnít need to be upsized because the pipe has extra capacity now.

Dennis King asked during the remonstrance portion of the hearing about increased traffic the 100 homes will bring to his area. Plans to widen Pearson were explained; a second Brassie Estates entrance near the Prairie Duneland Trail will be built during a future phase.

All votes were 5-0 Thursday with members George Stone and Fred Owens absent. The nightís final action was giving final approval allowing lots to be sold in 25-lot, single-family Stone Meadows subdivision at the southwest corner of County Road 1100N and County Road 50W.

Streets and infrastructure have been installed and developer William Stone representing owner BMS Property Management, LLC agreed to post a $51,670 two-year infrastructure guarantee and a $65,175 guarantee to install sidewalks and trees in the future.



Posted 11/21/2014




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