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Variance request heard for pergola at Gastro 49

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The Chesterton Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously approved two variances and set a public hearing next month for Gastro 49 manager Rolando Martinez’s request to construct a pergola structure over the outdoor dining area next to Calumet Rd.

Representing Martinez and the property owner 1051 Properties LLC, attorney Greg Babcock said the pergola will be wooden and not an enclosed structure. Its main purpose is to provide shade to diners outside, increasing the business’s ability to be competitive, and will be within the existing fenced-in area, he said.

The structure will be eight and a half feet from the lot line, whereas Town Code requires a 30-foot yard setback, but it should not hinder the sight of oncoming motorists from the roadway, Babcock said. Town Engineer and Building Commissioner Mark O’Dell said the pergola cannot have any overhang.

BZA member Kim Goldak complimented the business for painting the building. The board set the petition for a public hearing on Sept. 28 by a 5-0 vote.


The board voted 5-0 in favor of two variances following public hearings.

Michael Larson is allowed to complete a wrap-around porch on his house by reducing the front yard setback at 127 Wabash Ave. from 20 feet to 13 feet.

“I don’t think it’s going to negatively affect the neighborhood. It might bring more people to update some stuff on their homes,” Larson said.

BZA member Richard Riley said Larson has done good work with the improvements. No one spoke in opposition or in favor of the petition.

Next, the board granted Keith Sharpe’s request for four percent of additional lot coverage, from 30 to 34 percent, in order to construct a storage shed at his property, 309 S. 13th Street. Sharpe said the shed will match the appearance of the house and store gardening tools, bicycles and other equipment in the winter.

No one was present to speak at the public but Sharpe’s neighbors, Raymond and Wendellyn Griffith, submitted a letter saying they have no opposition to the variance request and Sharpe has kept his property in “perfectly admirable condition.”




Posted 8/25/2017




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