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EV-only parking now in front of downtown charge station

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It is now illegal to park anything but an electric vehicle (EV) in either of the two specially painted spaces in front of the ChargePoint EV charging station in the 100 block of Broadway, on the north side of the road adjacent to Thomas Centennial Park.

At its meeting Monday night, the Town Council voted unanimously, on the Police Commission’s recommendation, to declare an enforceable parking ban, in those two reserved spaces, on vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.

The charging station was opened in June. It’s a $7,000 piece of infrastructure which the Northern Indiana Public Service Company provided free, after the town agreed to pay half the cost of installing it--up to $3,000--under NIPSCO’s IN-Charge Electric Vehicle program.

Re: Amendment to Coffee Creek Center PUD

In other business, an agenda foul-up prevented the council from taking formal action on a proposed amendment to the planned unit development ordinance governing the 4th addition to Coffee Creek Center.

The amendment--previously endorsed by a 4-1 vote of the Advisory Plan Commission--has been requested by Michael Sakich and Jon Hicks, who want to develop an upscale apartment complex dubbed Conservancy Point in the 4th Addition, on land located east of Kelle Drive, south of Rail Road, north of Sidewalk Road, and west of the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve.

The chief change in the PUD would be a reduction in the permitted density of that acreage, from 204 residential units to 170. The lone planner who voted against endorsing the PUD amendment, Tom Kopko, did so on the ground that the density reduction should have been greater still.

On Monday, though, council members, taking note of the $800 to $2,000 monthly rental Sakich and Hicks expect to charge, indicated that Conservancy Point is the right kind of project for the 4th Addition.

“I’m happy to see a middle- to upper-end development,” said Member Nick Walding, R-3rd. “That’s what we’re looking to attract to that area.”

Addition to Harris Welsh & Lukmann

Meanwhile, Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann was very pleased to introduce the newest hire by Harris Welsh & Lukmann: Connor Nolan, a graduate of the Valparaiso University School of Law who has just passed the bar.





Posted 9/15/2015




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