owner of Bartronics LLC, is one step closer to building an 1,800-square foot
addition to his business at 128 S. 12th St.
At its meeting
Thursday night, the Chesterton Plan Commission voted unanimously to endorse
a re-zone of the three lots which Resteau also owns immediately to the south
of the business, from R-3 to B-2. A re-zoning ordinance will now go to the
Town Council for its consideration.
As Resteau told
planners, Bartronics is a “specialty electronics” firm which installs
two-way radio communications systems in emergency vehicles, along with
lights and sirens. Resteau has provided such services to the Chesterton
Fire, Police, and Street Departments, to the City of Valparaiso, and to
federal agencies like ATF and DEA.
“We deal with
high-end professional groups,” Resteau noted, and roughly 90 percent of his
business is by appointment only. “We do very, very little retail. We don’t
have a lot of people coming and going.”
specifically seeking to build a 40’ x 48’ addition in order to have more
room, and more security, in which to work on vehicles, especially those
belonging to federal agencies. “We want to keep those under wraps, with a
higher degree of security.” Aesthetically, the building would “be as good or
better than the existing building,” he added, a “very professional building,
not retail per se.” The estimated cost of the addition: $80,000.
Resteau added that
he’s been in this business for 40 years and at this location for 12 years.
At a public hearing
which preceded the vote, no one spoke in opposition to the re-zone. Three
persons spoke in favor of it.
The first, a
neighbor, Phoebe Jane House, told planners that that she “would never oppose
(Resteau) because he’s been a very good neighbor.”
Chesterton Police Chief Dave Cincoski, noted that Resteau has done good work
for the CPD, that his current facility has room for a maximum of only two
vehicles at any given time, and that he’s never seen “the current building
in disrepair or having maintenance issues.”
Chesterton Town Council Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th, also called Resteau a
“great neighbor” and said that “one goal of the town is to expand business.”
DeLaney added, “What he has done over there, he’s done a wonderful job.”
A letter in support
of the re-zone, from Kevin Murray, owner of Val’s Famous Pizza & Grinders,
was also submitted to planners.
Babcock did note
that a neighbor spoke to him specifically requesting the exclusion of
certain future B-2 uses of the property. One in particular, Auto
Repair-Minor, wasn’t really acceptable, as that’s technically the sort of
business Resteau operates right now. The other exclusions, on the other
hand, were just fine: Alcohol Sales; Automobile Service Station; Bar/Night
Club; Billiard/Arcade Room; and Bowling Alley.
voted to forward the re-zone to the Town Council with their favorable
recommendation, conditional on the exclusion of the five future uses so