speaking Thursday opposed giving Paul Shinn the option of building four,
four-unit townhomes instead of commercial buildings at his Tamarack Plaza
development at the northeast corner of Rail Road and County Road 100E.
But Shinn said
after 13 years the one existing commercial building there hasnít had the
marketing draw heíd hoped and the project needs a jump-start to get it going
Amid concerns by
some that the townhomes could become rental apartments for landlords, the
Chesterton Advisory Plan Commission postponed a decision and continued its
public hearing to March 20, giving Shinn attorney Greg Babcock time to
propose language more in keeping with a condominium development.
that even condo projects whose units are held by individual owners still
have the flexibility to rent those units under state law.
the multi-family Tamarack residential units were Doug Lowery, Jeff Deuberry
and Dorothy Harger. Lowery said single-family homes in the area would see a
loss in their investment, and he didnít want 16 families in his back yard.
Deuberry said he
thought the original plan was to allow a few residences above commercial
businesses, not multi-family to be the primary use; he cited increased
traffic and reminded that in 2001 the neighbors had preferred single-family
uses for the Shinn parcel.
Debated was how
adaptable planned unit developments should be to account for market trends.
Neighbor Kim Goldak said she favors Shinnís request to amend his 2001 PUD
plan because conditions change and itís important to encourage progress that
betters our community.
president George Stone, who opposed the commercial development originally,
said if itís taken this long to realize that concept isnít working, will the
town wait another 13 years to find out residential didnít either?
Babcock said no one
can predict the economy and markets, and itís not unusual to amend a PUD,
which the town has done for the Coffee Creek Center and Indian Oak Mall PUDs
before, he noted.
Shinn said he and
his partners have no intention of starting anything tomorrow, but itís
important to market the stalled project as either commercial buildings or
townhomes/condos to appeal to wider interest. Babcock said there is adequate
parking on site for 16 new townhomes.
Jeff Trout said Shinn lives very near his commercial site so itís not likely
heíd jeopardize his own neighborhood. Vote to continue the petition was
Stone hearing in
Again voting 7-0,
the commission set March 20 for a formal public hearing on the proposed
25-lot, single-family subdivision being developed by Bill and Marci Stone on
10.5 acres at the southwest corner of County Roads 1100N and 50W.
conducted a concept review in January and Babcock, the Stonesí attorney,
said the couple is excited to get the subdivision going. The site is the
former Victory Park rec