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Plans for Morgan's Corner and Bell's Corner advance to Town Council

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Both the petition for Bellís Corner Subdivision at 15th Street and Porter Ave. and the amendment to the planned unit development ordinance for Morganís Corner subdivision at Coffee Creek Center received unanimous recommendations on Thursday from the Chesterton Advisory Plan Commission.

An amendment to reduce the number of lots from 178 to 126 in the next development of Morganís Corner were presented last week by Joe Lenehan of Olthof Homes LLC, which is in talks to purchase the lots from current owner Lake Erie Land Company.

The plans were lauded by the Plan Commission and Town Engineer Mark OíDell for lowering the density and eliminating the alleyways to accommodate storm sewers.

ďFrom the Townís standpoint, we definitely want the alleys removed. We appreciate that,Ē OíDell said.

The amendment was given a public hearing before the Commission put them to a vote, as was the petition for Bellís Corner plat.

Residents inquired about frontage for garages and whether the new homes would match the style of those on the 22 lots that were developed nearly a decade ago.

Lenehan said there will be a mixed variety of homes with six different floor plan types. Types include duplexes, single family homes and townhouses.

Olthof Homes, which is headquartered in Lake Station, will have a sale center at Morganís Corner where buyers can customize their options, Lenehan said.

Home prices will range in the upper $200,000ís to the lower $300,000ís, he said, with the largest homes being 2,900 square feet.

Audience member and Chesterton resident Ruth Slamka asked if soil borings had been done to determine the land suitable for construction.

Lenehan said LEL had testings done ten years ago for the first development phase which had good results. He thinks the soil should be the same as it was then.

Questions from the Commission included some discussion around who will be the owners of the property and how it will be maintained.

Attorney Kevin Warren, representing LEL, said ownership will be transitioned over to Olthof Homes, which will assume responsibility for those properties and the roads, which will be private. Once the homes are bought, it will then be the homeowner who assumes responsibility for their property.

Lenehan said he intends to present a final plat to the Commission in June.

Bellís Corner

First and secondary plats were approved for the proposed Bellís Corner subdivision and will now be added to the Chesterton Town Councilís agenda Tuesday.

The development contains six lots currently which will have stormwater maintained onsite with a storm sewer easement to the east. Two larger lots exist to the east of that but attorney Greg Babcock said there are no plans currently to develop those.

No one from the audience spoke in favor or in opposition during the public hearing for plattage.



Posted 5/22/2015




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