CROWN POINT | Off-site parking for the new downtown parking lot won Plan Commission approval on Monday despite continued objections from a neighboring business owner.
The planning board unanimously approved plans for 18 parking spaces in a lot at the southeast corner of East Street and Robinson Court, across the street from the $12 million new library being constructed in the 100 block of North Main Street.
The lot is for use by Crown Point library employees and patrons, Director Lynn Frank said.
A decision on another six parking spaces along Robinson Court will go to the city's Board of Public Works and Safety, and could require Board of Zoning Appeals approval, planning board President John Marshall said.
The Robinson Court parking and the issue of stormwater drainage on the parking lot were among the main concerns of David Austgen, whose law office is west of the parking lot.
Parking along Robinson Court will add to safety concerns at the intersection with Main Street, the site of numerous wrecks, according to Austgen.
The parking lot plan presented on Monday, the most recent of several revisions, meets city standards including for stormwater drainage, officials said.
Some planning board members said were concerned over Austgen's approach to the issues.
"The way you've presented yourself is very confrontational," board member Michael Conquest said. "If this were a strip club, I could understand, but this is a library."
Board member Dan Rohaley said problems could have been avoided if there'd been talks between Austgen and library officials.
"This is not the way we do things in Crown Point," Rohaley said. "Don't people talk to each other anymore?"