CROWN POINT | Senior housing and a gas station planned on a north side site could see construction this year, after first being proposed in 2011.
Owner Afzal Malik, of Maliks LLC, won city approval nearly two years ago for a site plan that includes a hospice center, a 48-unit assisted living building and 15 two-unit independent living facilities, a gas station and commercial strip on a 51-acre triangular site bounded by Merrillville Road, Summit Street and Indiana Avenue.
One-year extensions of the site plan were granted in February 2012 and again this week by the Plan Commission. However, the latest extension might not run the full 12 months.
Improving economic conditions mean work could get under way soon, said Jeff Ban, of the firm DVG, representing Malik.
"Construction on the site is anticipated to begin this year," Ban said.
The site plan places the 4,000-square-foot gas station and convenience store at the northwest corner of Indiana Avenue and Summit Street.
The 15,000-square-foot hospice center is planned near Merrillville Road.
Malik bought the site from the city in 2011, contingent on rezoning and a 10-year tax abatement that were granted that year.
The sale netted the city $1.2 million. The proceeds were used to help cover the cost of improvements to the city-owned sports complex on North Street.
The city bought the former agricultural land, known as the Breyfogle farm, during the administration of former Mayor Dan Klein, who had intended it to be the location for a city sports complex.