CROWN POINT | A Culver's restaurant could be up and running by late this year at Broadway and Summit Street.
A site development plan for the eatery won Plan Commission approval Monday in a 6-0 vote, with board member Dan Rohaley absent.
"I'm pleased and excited to be in Crown Point," Culver's owner Fred Terpstra said.
Terpstra, of Crown Point, owns Culver's restaurants in Highland and Merrillville. He recently sold a Culver's in Lansing, he said.
Terpstra said he hopes to have the Crown Point restaurant open by Christmas, and if not then by the end of the year.
The 4,200-square-foot dining establishment will go up at the northwest corner of the Broadway and Summit Street intersection, in the Crown Village commercial development.
The vote approving the site plan came despite concerns by some board members over the restaurant design's compliance with an architectural standard known as the Williamsburg style for structures on Broadway in Crown Point.
The Culver's design calls for the use of natural materials, including a buff-colored masonry exterior with columns and Culver's traditional blue awnings.
The design is the "most aesthetically pleasing" of several designs permitted for Culver's buildings, a representative of Culver's said.
Board member Laura Sauerman said she would prefer the design included red brick to tie into the design of other buildings along Broadway.
"The aesthetics of the town are very important to me," Sauerman said.
Planning Administrator Christopher Meyers said the Culver's design complements other buildings in the Crown Village development.
The architectural style required of buildings on Broadway typically has resulted in red brick structures with white columns, gabled roofs and dormers, though brick color is not specified in the rules, officials said.
In approving the site development plan, the board granted Culver's a waiver from the Broadway architectural style.