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Public hearing on Coffee Creek Center changes continued to August

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A public hearing scheduled for Thursday evening on an amendment to the Second Addition of Coffee Creek Center was continued after the petitioner, the Lake Erie Land Company, was a no-show before the Chesterton Advisory Plan Commission.

Members voted 5-0 to continue the public hearing to their next meeting, Aug. 15. Members Fred Owens and Jeff Ton were not in attendance.

The commission also noted that, besides the petitioner’s non-attendance, no proof of publication has been received.

In fact the amendment is a relatively minor one, Associate Town Attorney Chuck Parkinson told the Chesterton Tribune before the meeting. A small sliver of property in the Second Addition was inadvertently included in the Third Addition--comprising the acreage purchased by Urschel Laboratories Inc.--and it simply needs to be “carved out” of the Third Addition and returned to the Second.

It’s basically a “legal description amendment,” Parkinson said, and nothing of substance in the Second Addition is being changed.

Sidewalk Bond Could Be Called

In other business, members voted 4-0 to notify the developers of the Venturi Business Center, off South Calumet Road, that they basically have a month to complete all sidewalks in the development. Otherwise, the town will call their sidewalk completion bond and finish the sidewalks itself.

Member Jeff Trout recused himself from the vote.

Acting Building Commissioner Mike Orlich told the commission that the development was platted in February 2000 and that a number of extensions have been granted the developers but that, after 13 years, it’s really time to complete sidewalk construction.

In the meantime, the commission instructed staff to make an estimate of the cost of finishing the sidewalks, so that members have an idea in August how much bond funds to collect should the town be forced to have the work done itself.

Sidewalk Guarantee Extended

Meanwhile, planners voted 5-0 to extend to Jan. 18, 2015, a sidewalk completion guarantee for Duneland Cove Phase V and to set the expiration of the $40,000 letter of credit to July 18, 2015.




Posted 7/22/2013