C.P. panel endorses retail building at sports complex

2013-10-28T21:45:00Z 2013-10-28T23:41:04Z C.P. panel endorses retail building at sports complexBy Susan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | The Board of Zoning Appeals is recommending approval of a commercial building proposed for the city-owned sports complex.

The 16,000-square-foot structure would house up to four businesses, all of them sports related, said developer Todd Kleven, with Crown Legacy Development, a wing of Hawk Development.

The building is proposed at the north end of the 95-acre complex, on the south side of North Street, east of the existing business Homann Karate Do.

The structure would sit at the center of the property, surrounded by parking, Kleven said Monday. Entrances to the building would be on the west and southeast sides of the building.

A zoning variance needed to locate a business on the property was approved by the zoning board. The recommendation will be sent on to the City Council for a final vote.

Kleven's proposal is backed by Mayor David Uran, whose letter to the zoning board said the sports complex his administration has worked to establish needs a mix of private and public partnership.

Uran's letter said commercial and retail businesses appropriate to the site would have a positive, long-term effect on the sports complex.

Retail businesses selling athletic clothing and equipment, as well as sports-related medical businesses are expected to occupy the two-story building, Kleven said.

Kleven said an improved economy and the popularity of the sports complex, where new playing fields for football, soccer and softball have been installed in recent years, made the timing right for the proposed building.

"If you'd asked me four years ago I wouldn't have thought so," Kleven said. "This is a way of giving back. We're willing to take a risk."

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