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Chesterton Plan Commission OKs Easton Park ribbon curb; senior living center to break ground

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A request to allow a proposed ribbon curb for Easton Park on CR 250E, replacing a second driving lane, will be forwarded to the Chesterton Town Council with the recommendation of the Town’s Advisory Plan Commission.

At Thursday’s public hearing, Eric Gastavich, representing developer Olson Farms and ATG Real Estate, presented two amendments to the Easton Park Planned Unit Development as he did last month at the preliminary hearing. The first was to include fencing along both the south and north side of Easton Park Drive. The fencing was there when the PUD was previously approved but got lost in one of the layers of the computer-aided design drawing and was recorded without it. It would need to be approved again by the Town for clarification, Gastavich said.

The second proposed amendment was to remove an extra drive lane in the frontage along CR 250E and put in a ribbon curb. Town Engineer Mark O’Dell said the inlets would be switched out with drainage gates with beehive casting. It will be similar to the ribbon curb on Porter Ave., he said.

The changes were recommended on a 6-0 vote.

Maintenance Guarantees

In other business, the planners voted unanimously to release the maintenance guarantee for Stone Meadows subdivision at CR 50W and CR 1100N.

O’Dell said developer William Stone has completed the list for the guarantee such as repairing the manholes and replacing a six-foot curb section that was damaged by a builder.

Also, a request by Kevin Warren with Lake Erie Land Company was approved to release the infrastructure guarantee for Morgan’s Corner at Coffee Creek.

Warren said that Olthof Homes has become the developer for Morgan’s Creek and has a larger maintenance guarantee in place that covers the alley as well as other features.

“Our need to carry the infrastructure guarantee doesn’t exist anymore. It’s all carried by Olthof now so we request that be released,” Warren told the Commission.

Warren said he will be back next month to ask for extensions on two other guarantees. There are sidewalks proposed along Village Green that are not ready to be completed by June 30.

“We discussed reducing that bond but felt it would be easiest to extend it another year in the hope that they will be done in that time,” he said.

Residences at Coffee Creek

Before adjourning, planner Jeff Trout said he noticed that the Panzica development -- the 110-unit Residences at Coffee Creek senior living center -- appears as if they are ready to start building.

O’Dell said the Town is waiting on a check for the building permits but he expects construction will break ground sometime next week.

Also, O’Dell said he received an email later on Thursday from Olthof Homes, informing him without explanation that they will not be pursuing the project they presented to the Commission informally last month.

Ed Recktenwall with Olthof Homes had presented a concept plan for Village Green in Coffee Creek to have the main entrance be off Kelle Dr. instead of Village Point Dr.



Posted 5/19/2017




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