Dollar General wants to locate a new store in Porter next to Seven Peaks
The corporation, whose website boasts itís the nationís largest small-box
discount retailer with 10,000 stores in 40 states, goes before two Porter
zoning boards Wednesday seeking needed variances and site-plan approval.
Foster Builders is representing Dollar General and landowner is the Sheeran
The Board of Zoning Appeals meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall and
the Plan Commission at 7 p.m. or at the conclusion of the BZA. Dollar
Generalís BZA petitions are preliminary hearings and future public hearings
would be set.
Dollar General would be located on 2.139 vacant acres zoned Business-3 at
the northeast corner of U.S. 20 and Waverly Road with frontage and entrances
on both roads. The triangular-shaped parcel is between the
convenience/fueling store at the corner and Seven Peaks Waterpark to the
An approximately 8,100 square-foot building is proposed with 39 parking
spaces; the town ordinance requires 41 so a variance is needed. The petition
states fewer spaces will allow more landscaping and less environmental
impact at the site.
Variances also are sought to exceed the number of signs and total allowable
gross surface area of signs on a lot; proposed are two freestanding pylon
signs, one for each road frontage, and two signs on the building.
The BZA also will conduct a public hearing Wednesday for Al Raffin, who
replaced what he described as a rotting split-rail fence in his front yard
at 451 Waverly Rd. without knowing a variance to have a fence in the front
yard should have been obtained first.
Following the BZA, the Plan Commission has a full agenda with three other
items in addition to the Dollar General request for site-plan approval.
A preliminary hearing is listed on Mary Kleinís application to rezone from
Residential-1 to Professional Business almost 2 acres at 1190 N. Indiana 49.
Doing so will provide a zoning consistent with the parcelís current use,
according to the petitioner. A future public hearing is required.
A second preliminary hearing will occur for Robert Radovich at 800 Marquette
Rd. He seeks permission to combine three parcels of land into one lot.
Because it is classified as a minor subdivision, a public hearing also will
be conducted Wednesday.
Both the BZA and Plan Commission will hear reports from staff and take
public comment on other matters as their respective meetings begin.
Upcoming Porter meetings
The Porter Town Council meets tonight at 7 p.m. at the town hall for a 2014
budget workshop. The Porter Park Board has moved up its monthly meeting
tonight at the Hawthorne Park community center to 6 p.m. so as not to
conflict with the workshop.
On the Park Boardís agenda is standing old business including preparation of
a five-year master plan; new business lists the purchase of trail equipment
and discussion regarding the Boo Bash childrenís Halloween party, the
Porterís Perfect Pint fundraiser, and the Fall Fest Oct. 12.
Park director Brian Bugajski will report and the public may address the
board as the meeting begins.
Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Porter town hall the public will have the
opportunity to view route alternatives and provide input on potential rail
improvements for the Chicago-to-Detroit passenger line. An informational
presentation is slated for 4:30 p.m.
The Michigan Department of Transportation is spearheading the study in
partnership with the Indiana and Illinois Departments of Transportation and
in association with the Federal Railroad Administration.
Upgraded passenger rail between Chicago and Detroit would be a competitive
transportation alternative to automobile, bus and air service, according to
MDOT. Amtrack now passes through Porter south of downtown Lincoln Street
along the Porter Junction, considered a major artery for freight/passenger
rail through the Midwest.