First hurdle for proposed senior center cleared

2013-10-09T20:35:00Z 2013-10-10T00:29:05Z First hurdle for proposed senior center clearedBy Susan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | City officials Wednesday gave preliminary approval to the annexation of about 20 acres as the potential location for a senior living facility.

The land owned by the Barbara Hanaway Trust is just outside the southern border of the city, south of 125th Avenue, between Main and Marshall streets, west of Crown Point High School.

The intended use for the land is a senior care center to be developed by Carmel, Ind.-based Mainstreet Property Group, said Jim Wieser, representing the landowner.

The annexation is being sought by the landowner, and no remonstrators oppose it, said Wieser, describing it as a "friendly" annexation.

A resolution containing a fiscal plan prepared by Dan Botich of Merrillville-based Cender and Co. and  laying out the expected financial impact to the city was approved by the City Council.

The city could expect a return of revenue ranging from $1.09 to $2.74 for every one dollar of cost to the city over the next five years, after the proposed senior center is developed, Botich said.

"The city has and will have the necessary services to support the annexation with no negative impact," Wieser said.

The annexation, if approved, would bring the land into the city with residential zoning, Wieser said. A separate proceeding would be required to rezone it appropriately for a senior center. 

The proposed senior center would house about 70 people, Wieser said.

The ordinance to annex the land will be heard on second reading at the November City Council meeting.

Nobody spoke against the annexation at a public hearing Wednesday.

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