By KEVIN NEVERS
Most recently it was a veterinarian’s office (short-lived).
Before that it was a video store (rendered obsolete).
And in a still earlier life it was Rax (roast-beef sandwiches).
Now its just an eyesore in the 1000 block of Broadway.
But that will soon change, Acting Building Commissioner Mike Orlich reported
to the Town Council at its meeting Monday night.
Frontline Foundations Inc.--which provides substance abuse treatment for
young adults 18 to 28--will be moving its Chesterton headquarters there from
its current site on Wabash Ave., Orlich said.
Frontline’s building permit is pending but preparation work for the
remodeling is being done now, Orlich said.
“I’m just happy to see that the building is being put to good use,” Orlich
told the Chesterton Tribune after the meeting. “It’s older, it’s been
empty, and now it will be occupied and maintained.”
Meanwhile, Orlich reported that the summer construction season is on the
uptick, with notable increases in the number of building permits submitted,
under review, and issued.
Orlich also said that, to date, the town has cut tall grass and weeds at
five non-compliant properties in foreclosure. The cost of that work will be
recovered through liens put on the properties.
In other business, Town Manager Bernie Doyle--reporting for the vacationing
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg--told the council that cleanup after
the June 24 wind storm continues.
Crews have been putting in 10-hour days, while the Street Department
continues to receive 10 to 20 calls a day for brush collection.
Doyle estimated that the cleanup could cost around $12,000, when everything
is said and done.
Upcoming Bridge Closure
Town Engineer Mark O’Dell, for his part, reported that the bridge over
1100N, east of Strack & Van Til, is slated for replacement by the Porter
County Highway Department.
That stretch of 1100N will be closed during the project.
O’Dell does not yet know when the closure will take effect but will notify
the press when he gets a start date from the Highway Department.
A detour will be posted.