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Developer seeks tenants before 950N PUD finalized

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By PAULENE POPARAD

The proposed Alliance Business Center advanced to a public hearing Oct. 17, but specifics of the 81-acre project are still months away.

The Chesterton Advisory Plan Commission is considering a planned-unit development ordinance that would in broad terms govern site development at the southwest corner of Indiana 49 and County Road 950N. Final PUD approval will be up to the Town Council.

The commission’s barely 20-minute meeting Thursday dealt with the need to revise PUD verbiage, and when a draft PUD should be submitted for Oct. 17 consideration. Vote to set the public hearing was 6-0 with member Fred Owens absent.

The actual business center layout will come when Alliance representatives return to the commission to plat the project after PUD approval.

Following the meeting Terry Larson of Larson-Danielson Construction Co. said Alliance investors are working on finding tenants for the light industrial/commercial park that may include retail and a condominium component. “That’s not set in stone.”

It’s too early, he added, to speculate on the number of buildings or square footage of industrial/commercial space that would become available.

Larson currently is working on finding tenants for the business center; after uses are identified, platting can begin. He noted there’s certainly interest from prospects about being part of the project, but that doesn’t mean groundbreaking would occur next spring.

During a concept review in June, commission members expressed serious concern about the CR 950N intersection not having a traffic signal at Indiana 49. Last night Larson said, “That’s certainly an issue we’re studying because it is an important need for that intersection.”

At this time Alliance investors have an option to purchase the land from the Pope Family but haven’t actually acquired it.

In other business, commission members learned a draft of proposed changes to the town’s sign ordinance for Business-1 and 2 zoning districts wasn’t completed as anticipated so it was placed on the October agenda. Town staff also was asked to take a look at possible revisions to the business table of uses.

Interim building commissioner Mike Orlich reported a missing sidewalk is being installed in the Venturi business development.

 

Posted 9/20/2013