Advisory Plan Commission remains concerned about developer Brett Carney’s
proposed duplex project at the northeast corner of South Fifth Street and
At issue: not only
the proximity of the southernmost duplex to the intersection of 1100N but
the volume of traffic which planners expect would be generated on South
Fifth Street by the occupants of the development.
Carney’s attorney, Greg Babcock, noted at Thursday’s Plan Commission
meeting, Carney has reduced the number of duplex buildings on the 10-acre
property from nine to eight--and thus the total dwelling units from 18 to
16--that concession was not enough for President George Stone. “It’s great
you got rid of the ninth but there are still too many driveways on Fifth
Street, too may road cuts. I still think that’s a hazard.”
Planner Tom Kopko
agreed. “There are too many units,” he said. “The eighth is so close to the
intersection for someone backing out. I don’t know how that’s going to
Kowalski voiced the same concern. “Sixteen families, 32 cars popping in and
out of there every day, to me that’s a lot of movement of vehicles,” he
said. “I realize the (property) is 613 feet long. But my goodness. That’s a
lot of movement on that piece of property.”
response, noted that Lot 8’s southernmost side-yard setback is already 60
feet north of 1100N, fully 10 feet more than required by Town Standards.
If that’s the case,
Planner Jeff Trout ventured, “if this is a dangerous situation and it meets
Town Standards, then we may have to revise the Town Standards.” Trout also
wondered whether there are any similar duplex developments in Chesterton
with a comparable number of road cuts.
“If there are,”
Stone said, “they’re not on an arterial like Fifth Street. If this were on a
cul de sac, I wouldn’t be concerned.”
suggest possible fixes. Could Carney set the duplexes further back on the
property and put in a collector street in the front?
has occurred to Carney. “We sat down with the Duneland Group but it was just
a whole bunch of concrete, including turn-arounds,” he said.
Stone floated the
notion of building the garages in the back of the duplexes. That also would
present a problem, Carney said. “The further back we go, the more difficult
it becomes. There’s a significant decline at the rear of the property, it
drops off fast. We did borings and had to go down two feet before we hit
good soil. We’ll need to build that up as it is.”
“More work needs to be done.”
that’s fine,” Babcock replied.
One neighbor did
voice her own concern from the floor. Lorraine Burkholder, a resident of the
1600 block of South Fifth Street, is worried that the development will
contribute to a flooding problem on her property, given its proximity to the
Pope O’Conner Ditch, which runs south to north behind the 10-acre property.
“My house is the lowest on the block,” she said.