A luxury apartment
complex on par with Lakes of Valparaiso is planned for the site of the old
waterpark at the northeast corner of Waverly Road and U.S. 20 in Porter.
Porter Technical Advisory Committee, which includes Building Commissioner
Michael Barry, Town Planner Jim Mandon, Parks Director Brian Bugajski, and
Police Chief Jamie Spanier, reviewed a site plan for the development with
staff from Weiss Entities, the same Chicago-based developer responsible for
Lakes of Valparaiso and other luxury apartment complexes in Merrillville and
presented detailed plans for a 6,300-square-foot clubhouse and five
four-story residential buildings with covered parking for almost every
resident on the 18-acre site. The development will have between 250 and 318
luxury apartments and on-site amenities including a pool, a gym, a
tennis/basketball court, and a dog run.
Phase 1 of the
project calls for construction of the clubhouse, amenities, and three of the
residential buildings with 246 apartments: 33 studios, 97 one-bedrooms, 98
two-bedrooms, and 18 three-bedrooms. Phase 2 calls for two more buildings
with 72 more apartments: eight studios, 24 one-bedrooms, 28 two-bedrooms,
and 12 three-bedrooms.
are things here superior to Lakes of Valparaiso,” said President of Weiss
Entities Don Weiss. “This will be a unique building in all of Lake and
Weiss said his
company focuses on the finishes. The apartments will have high-end features
like granite countertops, quality hard flooring, and vaulted ceilings as
high as 17 feet in top floor units. The tallest building will be 56 feet,
and the development a showstopper drivers will see from Ind. 49, according
Weiss said rent at
the new apartments will be comparable to Lakes of Valparaiso, and
competitive with other luxury apartments in the area.
Vice-president of Design and Development Bob Billick said the property will
have two open water detention areas and two dry-bed detention areas for
drainage, as well as its own lift station to pump sewage to a manhole just
south of the development.
Landscape design is
being done with a concerted effort to keep as many trees as possible and
focus on planting native species, according to Billick. “There will be lot
of tallgrasses, I wanted to speak to the area, to speak to the Dunes, and
have a really strong connection to the Dunes,” he said.
There will be a
total of 507 parking spaces--249 garage spaces and 321 uncovered. The first
floor of each building will serve as a garage. Randy Peterson, civil
engineer for Weiss, reported they’re proposing one road cut onto Waverly and
another onto U.S. 20.
There are currently
no plans to fence the entire property or to have a gatehouse, though Billick
said the water features can be planned with a safety ledge around the
perimeter. Weiss said fencing isn’t out of the question if the Town feels
that’s best. The pool area will be fenced and secure.
Weiss staff will
apply to rezone the property from business to residential use and will have
to seek a six-foot height variance for the tallest planned building. Barry
reported demolition and removal of the slides and park buildings isn’t
slated to start yet.
Overall Weiss said
he’s excited to work with Porter and to make sure the new development fronts
U.S. 20 well. “We know this is a big deal for your Town, and this is a big
deal for us,” he said.
Weiss said the
development will be a landmark for the area, “This is going to look a whole
lot better than what’s there now.”