Weather delay prompts deferral for Copper Creek subdivision

2014-01-14T18:15:00Z 2014-01-14T23:01:58Z Weather delay prompts deferral for Copper Creek subdivisionSusan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com
January 14, 2014 6:15 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Construction of new homes is expected to begin next spring at the proposed Copper Creek subdivision, where installation of water and sewer mains was delayed this month by severe winter weather.

The weather delay prompted the Crown Point Plan Commission on Monday to grant a 30-day deferral of a request for approval of a plat of the 38-unit first phase of the subdivision.

The full 191-unit Copper Creek is being developed by Schilling Development on more than 100 acres in an area bordered on the south by 133rd Avenue, west of Youche Country Club.

Plans are to connect Copper Creek water and sewer mains to city infrastructure near the southern end of Feather Rock Drive in the neighboring Feather Rock subdivision, Schilling Development Manager Jack Slager said.

Installation of the mains is expected to get underway later this week, weather permitting, Slager said.

Home construction could begin in May, he said.

In proposing Copper Creek last year, Schilling Development revived plans for a subdivision first proposed in 1997 as Serenity Woods.

The land had been annexed into the city in 2000 along with the neighboring acreage now occupied by Feather Rock subdivision.

Plans are to roll out the subdivision in phases, starting with 38 lots.

Slager said builders reserved 32 of the 38 lots in a December lottery held by Schilling Development.

Development of the parcel originally won city approval in 2007. Approvals were extended in 2008 and 2009 and then allowed to expire.

Ground clearing and tree removal had begun when economic conditions changed and the housing market stalled.

The strengthening housing market prompted renewed interest in developing the subdivision, Slager said.

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