Memory-care facility gets final approval in Merrillville
BY KAREN CAFFARINI Post-Tribune correspondent February 26, 2014 1:36PM
Updated: February 27, 2014 2:07AM
MERRILLVILLE — A $10 million upscale memory-care center proposed by Merrillville’s Whiteco Industries Inc. has received final approval.
The facility was OK’d by the Town Council on Tuesday night. It will be built on a 9.5-acre parcel at 7900 Rhode Island St., near the Twin Towers complex.
Chet Bradeen, partner with KC Development of Kenosha, Wis., which specializes in building memory-care facilities, said the facility will have 50 large rooms; most will be private, with some available for couples or siblings.
The planned-unit development will have a park-like setting with extensive landscaping. The exterior will have a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design and the interior will be modern.
“The building will illustrate the facility’s leading-edge approach,” Bradeen said.
There were no remonstrators at Tuesday’s meeting, although at an earlier Plan Commission meeting, some nearby residents had voiced opposition to the center being built at the Rhode Island location. Critics cited safety, traffic, drainage and other concerns.
Some of those concerns were addressed by adding an 8-foot wall made of PVC along the west side of the property line. The commission made its approval contingent upon the installation of that fence.
Town officials also said they’d meet with residents to look into their drainage concerns.
“They already have similar facilities. They’re not reinventing the wheel here,” Councilman Donald Spann, D-1st, said of KC Development.
The council also approved other requests for moving or expansion — three from businesses, one from a church. The business requests had received unanimous endorsements from the Board of Zoning Appeals.
Keough Enterprises LLC received a variance needed to relocate from its current location on Broadway, across from the former Y & W Drive-in, to a new facility to be built at 2042 E. 88th Drive, in an industrial park off Harms Road.
The new building will be fronted by a 3,600-square-foot office with an 8,000 square-foot warehouse to the rear of the building.
Merrillville Attorney Richard Anderson, representing Keough, said a 6-foot-high wood fence will be constructed at the front of the building.
James Jabaay can now have outdoor display of vehicles for sale at his existing Jabaay Motors at 8120 Grant St., with the stipulation that there be no outside storage and no mechanical repairs onsite.
All the vehicles for sale are currently located inside the building.
Michael Kalogeras received the OK to expand his Delta restaurant at 7602 Broadway.
Zionsville engineer Chris Badger told the council Kalogeras will put in new seating and restrooms as he takes over the space to the south of the restaurant, formerly occupied by Curves.
Badger told the BZA at its meeting that the new 1,800-square-foot space will allow the restaurant double its seating capacity, adding 86 spots to the 84 it now has.
“They’re doing well,” Badger said of the restaurant.
The council also gave Immanuel Gomez permission to move his church, One New Man Temple of Hope Inc., into space at 1205 W. U.S. 30, with the stipulation there be no more than 50 parishioners.
Gomez told the BZA he had been holding services at another church, but had to leave last month because the church needed the space.
He said he didn’t see his parish growing to more than 50 people at this time.