Crown Point zoning change could lead to hotel development
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent November 27, 2012 12:38PM
Updated: November 27, 2012 12:38PM
CROWN POINT — A zoning change from agriculture to business on about 40 acres at the 109th Avenue and Interstate 65 interchange may be what’s needed to spur development.
A representative for the property owner appeared Nov. 12 before the Plan Commission to request the zoning change for the land. Commissioners approved the change 6-0.
Gerald Stiener, with Wille and Stiener Associates in Crown Point, said he was retained by the property owners to market the property and putting the zoning in place for the type of development that likely would go there would make it easier.
“It’s one step out of the way,” Stiener said. “The market is so difficult right now any little thing comes up and they move to the next site.”
Lack of the desired zoning already in place has been a hindrance to development.
“We’d like to change it to B3 sooner than later,” Stiener said.
The land is just over 42 acres at 1210 and 2275 E. 109th Street and is held in a trust. Stiener said about 31 acres of the site is developed and there has been some early interest from limited service hotels. The site when developed would be accessed by the extension of Mississippi Street.
City officials have said they would like to see hotel and restaurant development surrounding the interchange and took the initiative to change the zoning to B3 on land on the northwest corner of the interchange.
“Hopefully one of these rezones nets us a hotel,” Commissioner John Marshall said.