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Special activity center on BZA agenda Thursday

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The Chesterton Board of Zoning Appeals will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the town hall.

At that meeting members are scheduled to hold a preliminary hearing on the petition of Prepared Services Contracting LLC for a use variance to allow the firm to use the old Pioneer Lumber building at 505 Grant Ave. as a “special activity center.”

The Zoning Ordinance’s use table does not include “special activity center,” but attorney for Prepared Services, Tim Kuiper, told members at their July meeting, during a concept review, that the facility would be used “for small concerts, gatherings of over 100 people.”

Members, however, indicated a need for far more specificity than that and advised Kuiper and his clients to be able to provide more information at the preliminary hearing: a comprehensive business plan stating hours of operation, seating arrangements, capacity, parking, exits, and specific examples of uses.

In a separate petition, Prepared Services is also seeking a sign variance. The sign would be located on the North Fourth Street side of the warehouse, but Kuiper was unable in July to say just how much bigger the sign would be than the maximum permitted by ordinance. He guessed it could be as large as 300 square feet, compared to the maximum allowable of 80 square feet.


Posted 8/15/2019




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