C.P. duplex design modified to avoid 'cookie cutter' look

2013-12-19T20:45:00Z C.P. duplex design modified to avoid 'cookie cutter' lookSusan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com
December 19, 2013 8:45 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Duplexes planned for the Regency subdivision have been redesigned to comply with a planning board request they not have a "cookie cutter" look.

The new design calls for a variety of styles and colors of brick, siding and exterior paint on duplexes planned on 17 lots in the subdivision. Sizes and garage locations of the homes also will vary.

Developer Providence Real Estate asked for Plan Commission approval in November to modify a duplex design originally approved in 2009 in the Regency planned unit development.

The design change called for garages to be located alternately on the front or side of duplex buildings. The original 2009 design had each side of the duplex mirroring the other.

The developer said the modification makes the buildings look more like single-family homes and is more desirable to homebuyers.

The planning board asked the developer to return this month with alterations to the design to avoid a "cookie cutter" look on all 17 lots.

The altered design met with board approval.

"They did their homework," member Dan Rohaley said.

The board voted 6-0 in favor of the modified design, with the stipulation no two buildings of the same color and design be next to each other.

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