Courtyards stores to be replaced by more condos

2014-03-04T14:17:00Z 2014-03-04T20:18:11Z Courtyards stores to be replaced by more condosPhil Wieland, (219) 548-4352

VALPARAISO | Plans to build a small commercial center at the northwest corner of Froberg Road and Vale Park Road have been abandoned, and the developer plans to build more condos instead.

Lawyer William Ferngren discussed the change Tuesday with Valparaiso's Site Review Committee along with plans for the second phase of the Courtyards at Pepper Creek development.

Ferngren said the original intent for the 2.64-acre corner lot was to build neighborhood commercial on it, things like dry cleaners, a restaurant or coffee shop and other businesses to service the nearby subdivisions. Nothing has materialized since it was proposed, so the intent now is to rezone it for multifamily residential.

A total of 10 condo units were proposed in the plans, but Building Commissioner Vicki Thrasher said the plans show two of the units were located over easements, which would not be allowed.

City Engineer Tim Burkman and Deputy Engineer Adam McAlpine had concerns about some drainage issues.

Although Pepper Creek has private streets and the drainage is maintained by the homeowners association, McAlpine said he is concerned if they eventually are turned over to the city because the roads and drainage are inadequate. The corner lot would need water line extensions as well.

The committee also reviewed plans by the Living Hope Community Church, which intends to buy a vacant building at 1115 N. Calumet Ave. for its new worship center and offices. The building once housed the Calvary Church.

Pastor Richard Schmidt said the church, which has weekly attendance of 80 to 100 people, hopes to close on the building in April and be ready to move in sometime during the summer. They are considering applying for a city facade grant.

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