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Dollar General proposes new store at Waverly Road US 20 in Porter

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By PAULENE POPARAD

Dollar General wants to locate a new store in Porter next to Seven Peaks Waterpark Duneland.

The corporation, whose website boasts itís the nationís largest small-box discount retailer with 10,000 stores in 40 states, goes before two Porter zoning boards Wednesday seeking needed variances and site-plan approval.

Foster Builders is representing Dollar General and landowner is the Sheeran Revocable Trust.

The Board of Zoning Appeals meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall and the Plan Commission at 7 p.m. or at the conclusion of the BZA. Dollar Generalís BZA petitions are preliminary hearings and future public hearings would be set.

Dollar General would be located on 2.139 vacant acres zoned Business-3 at the northeast corner of U.S. 20 and Waverly Road with frontage and entrances on both roads. The triangular-shaped parcel is between the convenience/fueling store at the corner and Seven Peaks Waterpark to the north.

An approximately 8,100 square-foot building is proposed with 39 parking spaces; the town ordinance requires 41 so a variance is needed. The petition states fewer spaces will allow more landscaping and less environmental impact at the site.

Variances also are sought to exceed the number of signs and total allowable gross surface area of signs on a lot; proposed are two freestanding pylon signs, one for each road frontage, and two signs on the building.

The BZA also will conduct a public hearing Wednesday for Al Raffin, who replaced what he described as a rotting split-rail fence in his front yard at 451 Waverly Rd. without knowing a variance to have a fence in the front yard should have been obtained first.

Following the BZA, the Plan Commission has a full agenda with three other items in addition to the Dollar General request for site-plan approval.

A preliminary hearing is listed on Mary Kleinís application to rezone from Residential-1 to Professional Business almost 2 acres at 1190 N. Indiana 49. Doing so will provide a zoning consistent with the parcelís current use, according to the petitioner. A future public hearing is required.

A second preliminary hearing will occur for Robert Radovich at 800 Marquette Rd. He seeks permission to combine three parcels of land into one lot. Because it is classified as a minor subdivision, a public hearing also will be conducted Wednesday.

Both the BZA and Plan Commission will hear reports from staff and take public comment on other matters as their respective meetings begin.

Upcoming Porter meetings

The Porter Town Council meets tonight at 7 p.m. at the town hall for a 2014 budget workshop. The Porter Park Board has moved up its monthly meeting tonight at the Hawthorne Park community center to 6 p.m. so as not to conflict with the workshop.

On the Park Boardís agenda is standing old business including preparation of a five-year master plan; new business lists the purchase of trail equipment and discussion regarding the Boo Bash childrenís Halloween party, the Porterís Perfect Pint fundraiser, and the Fall Fest Oct. 12.

Park director Brian Bugajski will report and the public may address the board as the meeting begins.

Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Porter town hall the public will have the opportunity to view route alternatives and provide input on potential rail improvements for the Chicago-to-Detroit passenger line. An informational presentation is slated for 4:30 p.m.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is spearheading the study in partnership with the Indiana and Illinois Departments of Transportation and in association with the Federal Railroad Administration.

Upgraded passenger rail between Chicago and Detroit would be a competitive transportation alternative to automobile, bus and air service, according to MDOT. Amtrack now passes through Porter south of downtown Lincoln Street along the Porter Junction, considered a major artery for freight/passenger rail through the Midwest.

 

Posted 9/17/2013