Only one of three petitions --- for Frontline Foundations Inc. --- was
advanced last night to public hearing Aug. 22 by the Chesterton Board of
At least five variances are needed for signs at 1008 Broadway where
Frontline Foundations has relocated its faith-based, substance-abuse
recovery program. The variances deal with using an existing 23-foot
freestanding sign there having a fixed sign on top and a manual reader board
below it for posting information.
Attorney Greg Babcock representing Frontline Foundations said an occupany
permit was issued for the new location Thursday and because of a facade
grant from the Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce, the exterior has
been relandscaped and improved.
Despite some progress, “The west end (of Chesterton) needs as much help as
we can give it to spruce it up,” Babcock told the BZA.
There’s a sign on the Frontline Foundations building itself, Babcock said,
but since the structure is about 50 feet from Broadway and located between
two larger buildings, signage on the freestanding pole sign will be
important to signal where to turn.
Before setting the public hearing on a 5-0 vote the BZA unanimously agreed
to waive the 17-day filing rule because the Frontline Foundations petition
was submitted 10 days prior to last night’s meeting. Owner of the property,
the actual petitioner, is Jonathan Hicks.
In other business, action on reuse of an existing pole sign by CoCo’s Canine
Cabana, which leases space at 1601 S. Calumet Rd., was continued to next
month as a preliminary hearing only when it was determined the CoCo’s
employee present didn’t have power of attorney to represent property owner
Wilbert Hamstra Inc.
Neither did Tara Sibbrell have knowledge of what Hamstra’s intent is for all
the signs at the site, which also houses Kathy’s Antiques. Discussion
revealed more sign variances than the one originally sought likely will be
Town engineer Mark O’Dell said the property is in the South Calumet business
district where monument signs identify general building locations.
With other information missing from the materials submitted, BZA member
Thomas Browne said there’s too much outstanding to move to public hearing.
Member Jim Kowalski said it was unfair to Sibbrell to send her without the
needed information. “Let’s get the (property owner) in line. He needs to
step up to the plate.”
The night’s other petition stalled when no one representing property owner
RMK of Indiana Inc. attended the meeting.
The petition seeks two variances: to allow installation of three signs with
a total square footage of 87 square feet, and to allow two signs to be
installed on one canopy, all at 860 Broadway, a fueling/convenience store
that recently rebranded its business.
“I’m kind of getting tired of people not showing up,” said Brown.
The BZA could have dismissed the petition but opted to continue the
preliminary hearing to Aug. 22.