New C.P. library wins site plan approval

2011-04-11T22:25:00Z New C.P. library wins site plan approvalBy Susan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | The site plan for a new library in the downtown won the approval of city officials Monday.

But the building's design remained unacceptable to developers Tom Fleming and his son Ryan Fleming, who said they still are considering calling for an injunction to halt construction.

Plans call for the $12 million library to occupy the north end of the 100 block of North Main Street, between Robinson Street to the north, North East Street to the east and Main Street to the west.

The Plan Commission approved the site plan development 5 to 0.

The entrance is planned on the south end of the building near the center of the block, off of a planned new parking lot with shared space for library and municipal parking.

The city recently acquired a neighboring building at 120 N. Main St. housing Homann Karate Do. It will be razed to accommodate outdoor community activity space outside the library entrance.

The building's design mimics a "turn of the century" structure and incorporates storefront type elements including transom windows and cornices, said Jeffrey Wolf of the firm Design Organization, which designed the building.

But Tom Fleming said Monday he's concerned the building, especially the side facing Main Street "doesn't fit" with historical district regulations governing the look of new or renovated buildings in the downtown. 

Tom and Ryan Fleming said they hope to avoid seeking an injunction and are waiting for a meeting promised weeks ago with Mayor David Uran and others involved with the library.

Plan Commission members said Monday the design of the library building was approved late last year by the Historic Preservation Commission.

A June 1 groundbreaking is planned, Library Director Lynn Frank said.

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