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Planners to return Thursday to Nekus post office PUD hearing

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

The main order of business: the public hearing--continued from December and then January--on John Nekusí proposed planned unit development, Duneland Prairie, which heís looking to build on 11.28 acres located behind the Chesterton Post Office.

Residents of the Westchester South subdivision to the west of the proposed PUD--and those on Richter Street to the north--have objected to its density, 62 paired patio homes and three single-family homes; to anticipated traffic congestion on Richter Street, where a secondary entrance/exit would be located; and to Nekusí desire not to build a sidewalk on Richter Street. Remonstrators have also expressed a concern about the effect of the PUD on stormwater runoff in their neighborhoods.

In January Nekusí attorney, Greg Babcock, told planners that his client is working to reconfigure the lots on the west edge of the PUD to make the rear yards larger and thereby increase the buffer between the PUD and Westchester South.

Springdale PUD

In other business, planners will return to a public hearing--continued from January--on the primary plat for the Springdale PUD, located south of 1050N immediately west of the Abercrombie Woods subdivision.

That PUD would consist of 48 R-1 units located to the east--that is, bordering the west edge of Abercrombie Woods--as well as 23 R-2 units located in the center of the development and then 8.41 acres of commercial on the far west side.

Double Hotel Project

Planners will also return to a third public hearing continued in January: on the secondary plat for the double hotel project at Coffee Creek Center, located immediately north of the Culverís restaurant.

The two hotels--a Fairfield Inn & Suites and a Holiday Inn Express--are being developed by Armerilodge Group of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. The Fairfield will feature 87 rooms in three stores; the Holiday Inn, 90 rooms in four stories.


Posted 2/18/2019




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