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A single-family home subdivision is being planned for the vacant land behind the former Carroll Chevrolet building near the corner of Main Street and 97th Place in Crown Point. Second Life Resale Shoppe recently took over the Carroll Chevrolet building.

Rob Earnshaw, The Times

CROWN POINT — The new subdivision planned for the farm field directly east of the former Carroll Chevrolet building off of Main Street has a name. 

Cottages on Carroll Court will consist of 15 single-family cottage homes on nearly 11 acres of the site. Prices for the homes are estimated to be about $205,000.

Jack Huls, of DVG engineering firm in Crown Point, appeared at this week's Board of Zoning Appeals to represent the developer. The project received approval on a variance in size for some of the lots. 

Huls said the subdivision would be similar to Hobart's Barrington Ridge subdivision, which was built by the same developer.

Developers plan to retain the tree line along the east side of the property and along Beaver Dam Ditch to the south.

Plans call for the entrance road to the subdivision off of 97th Place to line up with the road leading into the strip mall located on the north side of 97th Place.

The project follows the recent opening of Second Life Resale Shoppe in the old Caroll Chevrolet building, which had been vacant since the dealership closed its doors in 2009. It's closure was a result of a nationwide economic downturn that hit the auto industry particularly hard.

"It's a welcome addition to Crown Point," BZA president Dan Rohaley said. "This is something that Crown Point needs."

Rohaley said he is familiar with Barrington Ridge in Hobart.

"These will go hotcakes," he said. "I'm all for it. It's a good project."

Developers still have to go through several approval processes prior to construction.


Lake County reporter

Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.