The Porter Town Council likely will consider a rezoning request Tuesday that
would change from Residential-1 to Professional Business the former medical
offices at 1190 N. Indiana 49.
Meeting Wednesday, the Porter Plan Commission forwarded a favorable
recommendation on Mary Kleinís petition to rezone three of five parcels she
owns at that location. Munster-based Hospice of the Calumet Area will
purchase the entire property but seeks rezoning for the three developed
parcels only at this time.
Although zoned Residential-1, the medical office and outbuildings currently
are considered legal non-conforming uses.
Commission vote was 6-0 with member Jim Eriksson absent.
During a 20-minute public hearing Klein neighbor Bruce Brackney raised
several questions about possible uses in a Professional Business zone. ďIím
really concerned what can go on there. I donít want a parking lot next to my
Commission member Elka Nelson said although she initially was concerned the
business zoning was too broad, after reviewing the permitted uses she
determined theyíre pretty limited. Member Ken Timm and building commissioner
Mike Barry said the zoning is the most restrictive business classification
Porter allows, and Barry noted some uses would require additional site-plan
Klein said Hospice of the Calumet plans to open administrative offices for
its Porter County clients as well as space for grief-support and caregiver
groups. No in-house medical care would be provided.
Brackney said he has no objection to Hospice but doesnít want spas or beauty
shops with their associated traffic. Commission president John Kremke
reminded the two remaining parcels would remain residential, and one doesnít
have road frontage.
Timm said Porterís long-range master plan for the Indiana 49 corridor
doesnít list it as residential.
Plans for Porterís proposed Gateway to the Indiana Dunes economic
development and tourism initiative in the Indiana 49/U.S. 20 area generally
calls for retail/service/hospitality uses.