The Chesterton Plan
Commission voted unanimously at their meeting last week to hold a special
meeting on Thursday, July 30, to convene a pair of public hearings on Lake
Erie Land Company’s petitions for a plat and a re-plat.
The parcels under
consideration are both located west of Village Point, one directly south of
the new Chesterton Family Dental facility; the other located east and north
of the facility.
The idea behind
both proceedings is to make the property more sellable, either by chopping a
parcel into several smaller lots; or by combining several oddly shaped lots
into larger, cleaner ones.
discussed one of the parcels at their June meeting: a parcel in the 1st
Addition, Phase B, of the Coffee Creek Center planned unit development--the
one located south of Chesterton Family Dental--would be platted into six
separate lots ranging in size from 0.50 acres to 0.84 acres. A 0.15-acre
portion of Lot 37 in Phase A and B of Coffee Creek Center, in the northwest
quadrant of the parcel, would also be vacated and folded into the 0.84-acre
lot. LEL then plans to infrastructure the whole so as to be able to offer
potential buyers “shovel-ready” lots.
The second petition
is for a re-plat of two parcels located east and north of Chesterton Family
Dental, both part of Phase A-B of the Coffee Creek Center PUD. Lot 1
would be comprised of an existing 1.38-acre lot plus an adjacent 0.24-acre
vacated portion of Lot 37; Lot 3, of an existing 1.72-acre parcel plus an
adjacent vacated 0.75-acre portion of Lot 38. Again, LEL then plans to
infrastructure the whole.
LEL attorney Kevin
Warren specifically requested a special meeting for the public hearings to
expedite the infrastructure work. He expressed confidence that the paperwork
for the public hearings can be completed and submitted within the next two
Later in evening,
after the Plan Commission adjourned, the Plat Committee voted unanimously to
subdivide into two separate lots the parcel at the southeast intersection of
East Porter Ave. and South Calumet Road.
Both new lots will
retain their B-2 zoning.
Lot A includes the
house at the corner of the intersection, which historically has been a
single-family residence. Lot B includes the old travel agency building. The
owner of the property, BenLew Enterprises LLC, is currently remodeling the
old travel agency for a commercial use not yet determined.
As part of the
vote, the Plat Committee also approved both the primary and secondary plats
of both lots.
The subdivision of
the property was a prerequisite of a number of variances which BenLew
Enterprises is seeking to obtain from the Board of Zoning Appeals, most of
them related to setbacks.