The Chesterton Advisory Plan Commission meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. to review
preliminary plans for the Alliance Business Center planned unit development,
located at Popeís Farm on an 81-acre parcel at County Road 950N and Indiana
In June developers pitched the concept of duplicating the success of
Portageís Ameriplex industrial park here but with the addition of
residential housing; commission members were receptive yet stressed itís
critical that a new traffic signal at the Indiana 49 intersection precede
Chesterton is completing installation of a utility corridor along Indiana 49
extending municipal sewer and water to the south in hopes of making vacant
land along the route more marketable.
In June, Terry Larson of Larson-Danielson Construction Co. representing
Allianceís inventors said leading companies would be pursued to bring
quality improvements and good wages to the shovel-ready Pope Farm sites.
Larson also said Chestertonís zoning ordinance doesnít give much definition
to light industrial so mutual agreement on allowable uses in the new
business center would be required; a PUD gives developers and the town
greater flexibility to negotiate terms favorable to both sides.
A PUD also can establish specific design standards for the projectís overall
Although some residential uses initially were proposed to abut the
business-center lots, Larson said it wouldnít be a significant part of the
project. The Alliance parcel is north of Porter Regional Hospital but
doesnít have direct access to it.
If the Plan Commission agrees with the PUD concept plans, a future public
hearing would be set.
Also tonight, a public hearing will be continued for Lake Erie Land Co.,
which was a no-show in July, on its request to amend its PUD for Coffee
Creek Centerís Second Addition; the change has been described as a
non-substantive amendment to the legal description.
The change is necessary to clean up paperwork for the recent purchase of 157
acres by Urschel Laboratories Inc., which is moving its manufacturing plant
and corporate headquarters from Valparaiso to Chesterton. Groundbreaking to
develop the first 75 acres took place July 11. The commission also will hear
a status report from the committee charged with reviewing town sign
ordinances and recommending changes.