Work on C.P. Speedway station temporarily halted

2012-11-12T22:00:00Z 2012-11-12T22:56:13Z Work on C.P. Speedway station temporarily haltedSusan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com
November 12, 2012 10:00 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Construction of a Speedway gas station at 109th Avenue and Broadway was temporarily halted after it was learned concrete masonry blocks were being used instead of the agreed upon brick.

Speedway was told to work with the city planning and building administrator Christopher Myers on a plan to remedy the mistake.

Speedway construction project manager Tony Jaynes notified the city after learning the materials being used for the 3,900-square-foot convenience store weren't what the Plan Commission agreed to in earlier discussions.

"We pulled them off the the site today," Jaynes said. "I told them to go home."

The Plan Commission had insisted on a brick exterior for the gas station to comply with the Williamsburg colonial American style required along Broadway in Crown Point.

The notes being used by the builder didn't reflect the need for bricks, Jaynes said.

Plan Commission members were disappointed Monday to learn that hadn't happened.

"We worked for many, many months to get to this," planning board member Dan Rohaley said, only to end up with something "not even remotely resembling" what was planned.

The concrete masonry units being used in the construction are hollowed-out blocks. 

"This is too big a deal for us" to allow construction to continue with concrete blocks, planning board member Laura Sauerman said. "The aesthetics matter to me."

Board members said they couldn't risk setting the wrong precedent for use building materials at the location.

Myers expected Speedway representatives to contact the city within days to work out a solution.

A mid-January opening had been planned for the Speedway station at the southwest corner of the intersection.

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