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Site plan approved for T & M Tire addition; hotel property to subdivide

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The Porter Plan Commission voted 5-0 Wednesday to approve T&M Tire’s request for a $200,000 building addition.

The business, located 1428 W. U.S. 20, plans to demolish its older building on the northeast side of the property and replace it with a larger metal building that will be attached to its second accessory building.

Derek Pritchett of Schilling Construction said the new addition will be used for storing tires and other items so they will not be stored outside. T&M will also clean up more of the outside area during the process of putting up the new building.

With recommendations from the Town’s Technical Advisory Committee, T&M expects to eliminate most of the existing Conex boxes, two 40-feet-long boxes in the front and one 20-feet-long in the rear.

The new building, which will have 16-foot high side walls, will be painted to match the appearance of the existing building.

Commission members commended T&M on the improvements. Police Chief Jamie Spanier said “they’ve been a good neighbor.’

“We like having them here. They’ve worked on our vehicles and always do a good job,” he said.

U.S. 20 subdivided lots

Also on Wednesday, the Commission voted 5-0 on two measures concerning the 5.6-acre parcel where the Comfort Inn and Suites is on U.S. 20 near the Interstate 94 cloverleaf.

Continuing the public hearing from last month, the planners agreed to amend the planned unit development (PUD), originally approved in 2005, to eliminate the plans for a gas station and a restaurant. Next, they agreed to subdivide the property into two lots.

Mark Landstrom of Landmark Engineering LLC, representing property owner Yashamar Inc., said last month the eastern half of the property is wetland and nothing can be built on it, which is why a restaurant and gas station never went in as planned.

BZA sets hearing for 200 Lincoln St.

The Porter Board of Zoning Appeals met later Wednesday for a preliminary hearing on Kyle Kerr’s request to have a 10-foot variance reduction from 20 feet for additional storage and inside parking at 200 Lincoln Street.

Kerr is one of the owners of K-Clean Systems that specializes in fire exhaust hoods for restaurants. The business is looking to have additional storage, inside parking and a showroom.

The BZA agreed to set a public hearing in April.

In another matter, BZA member Bill Sexton said he is researching what other towns have for minimum square footage of residences as the board looks to make a recommendation to the Plan Commission to lower the minimum square footage requirements on single-story homes. Sexton hopes to have a report completed by next month.


Posted 3/16/2017




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