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Platted Sand Creek Farms subdivision resuscitated, renamed Easton Park

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Six years ago--in November 2008--the Chesterton Advisory Plan Commission voted unanimously to grant primary plat approval to Olson Farms LLC for a 130-acre, 362-unit, single-family subdivision located on the east side of 250E at the terminus of East Porter Ave.

At the time, principal Eric Gastevich said that homes in the subdivision--dubbed Sand Creek Farms--could be on the market within 18 to 24 months, that is, as early as the summer of 2010 or the winter of 2011, even given the free-falling economy, which had gone into meltdown only three months earlier, in August 2008.

Six years later, the site remains open land, without infrastructure.

Now, however, it appears that the project was only ever in suspended animation.

At Monday night’s Town Council meeting, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that work could begin on infrastructure for Phase I of the subdivision sometime next spring.

O’Dell also reported that the name of the project has been changed, from Sand Creek Farms to Easton Park.

Under the planned unit development ordinance governing Easton Park, Olson Farms LLC will donate 20 acres southeast of 1050N, to be used for the development of a major town park. The Duneland School Corporation owns property adjacent to those 20 acres and has indicated that it plans to help develop the park and use it for athletics.

The site’s 132 acres, formerly known as the Olson Farm, were annexed by the town in 2007, at the request of its owners, Eric and Vlad Gastevich.

Under Town Code, primary plat approval expires after two years, so before any work on infrastructure may begin, Olson Farms LLC will need to return to the Plan Commission and secure primary plat approval all over again.

Gateway Blvd.

In other construction news, O’Dell announced that the Lake Erie Land Company has completed the paving of the westbound lanes of Gateway Blvd. between Ind. 49 and the Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute.

On Monday, accordingly, the two westbound lanes were re-opened to traffic and the eastbound lanes closed.

West- and eastbound motorists will share the temporarily divided westbound lanes until the eastbound lanes of Gateway Blvd. have also been re-surfaced.

The Lake Erie Land Company is ripping up the originally installed brick pavers and replacing them with a regular road surface.

All businesses remain open along Gateway Blvd., O’Dell emphasized. He also thanked the management of the Speedway gas station there for its patience. “It was pretty hard for them,” O’Dell said. “We put in a detour. But with the Culver’s and A.J.’s construction, it pretty much looked like a war zone.”




Posted 10/15/2014




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