Both the petition
for Bellís Corner Subdivision at 15th Street and Porter Ave. and the
amendment to the planned unit development ordinance for Morganís Corner
subdivision at Coffee Creek Center received unanimous recommendations on
Thursday from the Chesterton Advisory Plan Commission.
An amendment to
reduce the number of lots from 178 to 126 in the next development of
Morganís Corner were presented last week by Joe Lenehan of Olthof Homes LLC,
which is in talks to purchase the lots from current owner Lake Erie Land
The plans were
lauded by the Plan Commission and Town Engineer Mark OíDell for lowering the
density and eliminating the alleyways to accommodate storm sewers.
ďFrom the Townís
standpoint, we definitely want the alleys removed. We appreciate that,Ē
The amendment was
given a public hearing before the Commission put them to a vote, as was the
petition for Bellís Corner plat.
about frontage for garages and whether the new homes would match the style
of those on the 22 lots that were developed nearly a decade ago.
Lenehan said there
will be a mixed variety of homes with six different floor plan types. Types
include duplexes, single family homes and townhouses.
Olthof Homes, which
is headquartered in Lake Station, will have a sale center at Morganís Corner
where buyers can customize their options, Lenehan said.
Home prices will
range in the upper $200,000ís to the lower $300,000ís, he said, with the
largest homes being 2,900 square feet.
Audience member and
Chesterton resident Ruth Slamka asked if soil borings had been done to
determine the land suitable for construction.
Lenehan said LEL
had testings done ten years ago for the first development phase which had
good results. He thinks the soil should be the same as it was then.
Questions from the
Commission included some discussion around who will be the owners of the
property and how it will be maintained.
Warren, representing LEL, said ownership will be transitioned over to Olthof
Homes, which will assume responsibility for those properties and the roads,
which will be private. Once the homes are bought, it will then be the
homeowner who assumes responsibility for their property.
Lenehan said he
intends to present a final plat to the Commission in June.
First and secondary
plats were approved for the proposed Bellís Corner subdivision and will now
be added to the Chesterton Town Councilís agenda Tuesday.
contains six lots currently which will have stormwater maintained onsite
with a storm sewer easement to the east. Two larger lots exist to the east
of that but attorney Greg Babcock said there are no plans currently to
No one from the
audience spoke in favor or in opposition during the public hearing for