C.P. panel endorses office building site plan

2013-03-11T21:30:00Z 2013-03-12T00:44:03Z C.P. panel endorses office building site planBy Susan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | Site development plans for a nearly 13,000-square-foot office building at Summit Street and Broadway won Plan Commission approval Monday.

The building is planned by developer Greg Valenti at the southwest corner of the intersection.

Valenti's building design complied with a required Williamsburg-era style required for new construction along Broadway in Crown Point. The style calls for a brick, colonial American look.

The commission's approval is contingent on the developer's use of face brick, rather than brick veneer, for the side the building.

Valenti still must obtain Board of Zoning Appeals approval for two signs and a parking lot planned for the site.

Sidewalks won't be required at the location, however, board members agreed the need for sidewalks in the general area will have to be considered at some future date.

No surrounding businesses currently have sidewalks, and requiring them of Valenti would be unfair, board members said. 

"We need to put them everywhere or nowhere," board Chairman John Marshall said.

The site for the office building had been considered for a private social club several years earlier. Financial backing fell through and the club was never built, planning board members said.

A foundation installed for the club will be removed.


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