Crown Point Speedway construction back on track
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent December 1, 2012 7:12PM
Work goes on at the new Speedway under construction at the corner of 109th and Broadway in Crown Point, Ind. Thursday November 29, 2012. The exterior brick work will be redone to comply with the plan commission approval. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 1, 2012 7:12PM
CROWN POINT — Brickwork more akin to the approved Williamsburg style may soon resume at the Speedway gas station under construction at the southwest corner of Broadway Street and 109th Avenue.
In mid-November, work at the site was suspended after city officials learned a contractor working from incorrect drawings used concrete block instead of the brick masonry agreed upon by Speedway and the Plan Commission after a months-long process that began in fall 2011 and finished this spring.
Christopher Meyers, the city director of planning, said he has been working with Speedway since then on the Plan Commission’s authorization to find an acceptable way to bring the building, which was partially constructed on two sides, into compliance.
“We are getting real close to finalizing the brick originally submitted back in 2011,” Meyers said.
Speedway has submitted drawings that have been forwarded to Plan Commission members. The fix will involve completing the concrete masonry construction and then adding a course of utility brick to the exterior. So far the response from members has been positive. Meyers said he is in the process of completing the review and the work could resume as soon as next week.
“It is taking the building back to the intent that was submitted originally to the Plan Commission,” Meyers said.
John Marshall, Plan Commission president, said in the more than 10 years he has sat on the panel there has not been a situation where construction has been stopped because the wrong materials were being used. Most potential problems are caught in the planning process.
“I think it was an honest mistake on their part. I’m glad they caught it before it was too late,” Marshall said.
He said the panel works hard to ensure uniform building standards, and in the Williamsburg design corridor along Broadway those standards set by ordinance are even more stringent.
“I think uniform building standards are good. There’s no reason to create an ordinance if you’re not going to follow up,” Marshall said.
Representatives from Speedway LLC have said the project is expected to be complete in early 2013.