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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”