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Planners to hold public hearing Thursday on Nekus retirement village

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The Chesterton Advisory Plan Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the town hall.

At that meeting, planners will hold a public hearing on the primary plat of John Nekus’ proposed Duneland Prairie Retirement Village, which he’s seeking to develop on 11.28 acres located behind the Chesterton Post Office and immediately east of the Westchester South subdivision.

The “retirement village” would be comprised of 21 separate duplexesÑa total of 42 residential unitsÑ20 fewer duplexes than Nekus had proposed for a planned unit development on the property earlier this year. Planners voted 5-2 not to endorse that PUD and the Town Council subsequently voted unanimously to reject it.

In their discussion of Nekus’ “retirement village,” some planners have questioned whether it actually fits the definition of retirement village under the Zoning Ordinance: “A business venture for the establishment of a retirement village for senior citizens that will provide for the privacy of the individual residents in private dwelling units but also including such basic services as barber shops, beauty shops, gift shops, pharmacies, and a centralized kitchen and dining area.”

More: “A retirement village must also meet all of the following criteria: (1) have a centralized kitchen and dining area to accommodate all occupants of the facility, (2) have a full-time staff member on site; (3) comply with all ADA requirements; (4) have a maximum of two persons per unit; and (5) at least one occupant of each unit must be 55 years of age.”

Nekus would build a 2,500-square foot community building including a “kitchenette” but not an institutional kitchen capable of serving all residents. It is Nekus’ position that by providing each unit in each duplex with a kitchen he would be complying with the Zoning Ordinance’s definition.

Preliminary Hearing

Planners will also hold a preliminary hearing on the plattage of Phase I of the Springdale planned unit development, whose infrastructure is currently being installed, south of 1050N and immediately west of Abercrombie Woods.


Posted 11/18/2019




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