When the Chesterton Town Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, it will be
considering an amendment to the planned unit development ordinance governing
the Urschel Laboratories Inc. facility at Coffee Creek Center.
The Advisory Plan Commission has already--and unanimously--endorsed that
amendment, at its May meeting.
At the moment, only Phase I of the Urschel project is on the table: its
corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility, on 75 acres in the
extreme southeast quadrant of Coffee Creek Center. There are no plans right
now for Phase II, which will encompass the remain 80 or so acres extending
from the northern boundary of Phase I all the way north to Harrington Drive
in Morgan’s Corner.
The amendment endorsed by the Plan Commission features only one new
permitted use: “The use shall be for ‘Urschel Laboratories Inc. headquarters
and manufacturing facility campus,’ along with ancillary uses and accessory
structures for the production of size reduction equipment and related
Basically, as Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann has said, the PUD “defines what
Urschel does. And that is the use.”
The PUD governing the Third Addition of Coffee Creek Center has always
provided for light manufacturing, since originally permitted years ago.
The amendment also includes a number of specific variances from the Zoning
Ordinance, among them the following:
* Principal building structures may be 50 feet in height, in lieu of 35
* Accessory buildings may be 60 feet in height, in lieu of 16, and may be
closer than 10 feet to the principal building.
* There may be two monument signs with a combined maximum surface area of
400 square feet, in lieu of one free-standing sign with a maximum gross
surface area of 120 square feet.
The site will be accessed via two routes. The first will be an extended
Gateway Blvd. via four-lane bridge which the company will build over Coffee
Creek at its own expense. The extended Gateway Blvd. will be a public
roadway as far east as a turn-around which the company will also build. But
after a motorist exits the turn-around, he or she will be on a private
roadway owned and maintained by Urschel.
A second entrance will be located off C.R. 200E, the easternmost limit of
Coffee Creek Center.
Other Business on Tuesday
The council will hold a public hearing on the annual re-establishment of the
Cumulative Capital Development fund, used solely for the acquisition of
The council will also hear two petitions for the vacation of a portion of
public right-of-way: one from Eugene Engels, the other from Dan Shook.
Earlier in the evening, at 6:30 p.m., the Redevelopment Commission will hold
its regular monthly meeting.