heats up cold Plan meeting
Hawk Development Rezone proposal gets plan pass
By Sean McNab
Star Staff Writer
CROWN POINT - With the first blizzard of the season taking place
Monday, some residents tried to heat up the situation with their
disagreement with the rezoning of a town home development juxtaposed
between the northern ends of Timothy Ball Elementary School and the
NIPSCO sub station off of Summit Street.
"We are proposing a gated community of
approximately 100 units on this approximate 26 acres of land,"
explained Jack Slager, the president of Hawk Development.
Upset that the townhomes will have a negative effect on
adjacent homeowners, residents felt that Slager had the rezoning planned
long before this public hearing on the issue ever took place.
Plan President Patt Patterson responded to the
allegation by saying, "We (the members of the commission) can't
predispose or suppose what a developer might do with his
The rezoning from R-1 single family to R-3
multi-family encompasses a total of 25.98 acres of which 6.95 acres will
be used for dwelling.
The members of the board motioned for a vote on the
findings of fact as to whether this rezoning would have an adverse
affect on the surrounding areas or whether it would decrease the
property value of the adjacent homeowners. The board felt it did not and
passed the rezoning request 4-1.
In other news, Thomas Fleming petitioned for a
primary subdivision plat approval of Unit 2 of Penn Oaks.
The proposed area will include 60 single family
residences on the 1300 Block of East South Street.
Fleming explained that a landscape buffer would be
placed between the back yards of the residences so that the buildings of
Woolahan Lumber to the north would be shielded.
Moreover, Fleming is planning to create a contract
between the developer and the homeowner that all utility services will
be placed homogeneously throughout the subdivision to provide easier
The petition was unanimously passed 5-0.
pass juvenile center pacts
Salesian school property deed
goes, in part, to Sergio Urquiza
By Andrew Steele
Star Managing Editor
CROWN POINT - County Commissioners approved contracts last week for
the construction of the juvenile center addition at the government
complex on North Main Street.
Gough Construction of Crown Point will build the addition
at a cost of about $17.4 million.
Before approving the contract, commissioners
eliminated two aspects of the project that will save about
The elimination of skylights in the lobby will save
$67,000. The change was approved despite the recommendation of juvenile
court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura and the project architects to keep the
skylights because of the natural illumination they would provide.
The lobby will be illuminated by electric lights
Commissioners also approved a change in the climate
control instrumentation. Savings will be $57,000.
In other business, commissioners voted to turn over
the deed for a portion of the Salesian school property in Cedar Lake to
The move came on the orders of Jasper County Superior
Court Judge J. Philip McGraw, in whose court a dispute over the property
was scheduled to go to trial.
The property was auctioned earlier this year as one
of the tax-delinquent properties the county has confiscated and
At the January auction of the Salesian property,
Urquiza bid $340,000 for the land and buildings, but another bidder,
Damir Missbrenner, claimed to have had his final, and higher, bid
Urquiza also owns another 11-acre parcel of the
Salesian property that he purchased at auction last month.
He also owns another Cedar Lake property, the old
Centier Bank building on Lakeshore Drive, which he plans to turn into a
banquet hall and restaurant.