Development still planned for former Breyfogle farm site

2013-04-28T19:45:00Z 2013-04-28T23:25:03Z Development still planned for former Breyfogle farm siteSusan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | Senior housing and a gas station planned for the former Breyfogle farmland remain a possibility after first being proposed in 2011, city officials said.

In an update to the city's Board of Public Works and Safety this past week, Mayor David Uran said the project is "still in the planning stages."

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. The plan also calls for 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 earlier this year by the Crown Point Plan Commission.

Malik bought the site from the city in 2011, contingent on rezoning and a 10-year tax abatement, both of which were granted that year.

Earlier plans were scrapped that would have required the city to pay to realign a petroleum pipeline that runs through the property. Having the pipeline moved would be up to the developer, Uran said.

The sale of the land to Maliks LLC 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 during the administration of former Mayor Dan Klein, who had intended it to be the location for a city sports complex.

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