Proposed Centennial Village rezoning OK'd in Munster

2013-07-27T18:45:00Z 2013-07-27T22:39:04Z Proposed Centennial Village rezoning OK'd in MunsterLu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent
July 27, 2013 6:45 pm  • 

MUNSTER | The Town Council has approved rezoning which would permit construction of Centennial Village, a proposed large retail and residential lifestyle development at 9505 Calumet Ave.

Specifically, the Town Council approved rezoning the site for a planned unit development.

Developer Matthew Kimball filed the petition with the Munster Plan Commission to rezone the multiple-lot parcel. A public hearing on June 11 produced no remonstrators and in a 6-1 vote, the Plan Commission recommended approval by the Munster Town Council.

Kimball has proposed Centennial Village as a walkable development that will incorporate elements of nearby Centennial Park, the Clayhole Lake and the Pennsy Greenway bike path.

The approved site plan contains approximately 233,000 square feet of retail space and 172 residential units.

Centennial Village will be one element in the underpass/overpass grade separation project at Calumet Avenue and 45th Street.

The development will be built in two phases, according to documents submitted by Kimball.

Phase one will include 129,400 square feet of retail space with 685 parking places.

The second phase will feature an additional 104,000 square feet of retail space and 172 residential units including 150 condominiums and 22 townhomes.

In this final phase, 418 retail parking spaces will be completed along with 344 residential parking places.

In other business, the Munster Town Council also approved rezoning 701 Superior Ave. from a manufacturing classification to a planned unit development after a favorable recommendation by the Plan Commission.

It is the site of Franciscan Healthcare – Munster, a hospital owned by Franciscan Alliance.

Clay Johnson, assistant town manager, said hospital officials plan a $69 million expansion adding 100,000-square feet to the facility. The area will include a larger medical oncology clinic, 24 in-patient beds, a new cafe, chapel and gift shop.

The site plan also includes a proposed medical office building that will have Calumet Avenue frontage.

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