Commercial building proposed for C.P. sportsplex wins needed zoning

2013-11-04T21:45:00Z 2013-11-04T22:55:08Z Commercial building proposed for C.P. sportsplex wins needed zoningBy Susan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com
November 04, 2013 9:45 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | A commercial building for sports related stores and services in the city-owned athletic complex won needed zoning Monday from the City Council.

The two-story, 16,000-square-foot structure would house up to four businesses on a lot just off of North Street near the  main entrance to the 95-acre complex.

The building would be at the center of the lot, surrounded by parking and with entrances on the west and southeast sides. The parking lot would be developed by the city, officials said.

Occupants of the building will be limited to retailers of athletic clothing, equipment, memorabilia and other sports related items, and providers of sports related services, city officials said.

Officials have not named any potential occupants. The building is being developed by Crown Legacy Development, a wing of Hawk Development.

Mayor David Uran has said commercial and retail businesses appropriate to the site would have a positive, long-term effect on the sports complex, where new playing fields and amenities have been installed in recent years.

The Crown Legacy Development building would be the second commercial building to locate in the complex. Homann  Karate Do opened there in 2011.

Todd Kleven, with Crown Legacy Development, told city officials earlier that an improving economy and the popularity of the sports complex made the timing right for a new commercial building at the location.

Lots intended for commercial use in the complex preserved their original residential zoning as a way for city officials to tightly control the type of businesses permitted to locate there.

Proposed commercial developments must obtain a zoning variance to locate there. The zoning variance the City Council approved had been recommended by the Board of Zoning Appeals.

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