The Porter Plan
Commission voted 5-0 Wednesday to approve T&M Tire’s request for a $200,000
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.
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.
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
U.S. 20 subdivided
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
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
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.