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South-side annex requested

Updated: September 10, 2013 1:23PM



CROWN POINT — Owners want to bring 20 acres of land south of Walgreens and St. Matthias Church and north of Youche Country Club into the city.

The property runs from South Main Street, across from the high school, all the way west to Marshall Street.

City Councilman Bill Feder was pleased when he said, “This is a good idea. We have some pockets (of land) that are not in the city.”

Jim Wieser, attorney for the owners of the land, told the City Council that he will prepare the paper work to get this moving. But since this is a friendly annexation it should run much smoother than one the city pursues on its own.

The petition for annexation is being filed on behalf of Barbara Hanaway, trustee of the Barbara Hanaway Trust, and Jerry Lee Adank and Ellen M. Prohosky. This property never chose to be part of the city, until now.

According to Weiser the end-use of the front seven-acre portion of this land is to be developed by Main Street Healthcare out of Carmel as an assisted living and skilled nursing care facility. The rest of the 13 acres usage has not as yet been determined.

Wieser said, “We would like to have the petition introduced tonight and then scheduled for a hearing.”

Councilwoman Carol Drasga, R-5th said, in regard to a church on Indiana Avenue requesting a zone-change to allow a cellphone tower, “The Nine Mile residents were insistant. The people wanted the area to remain residential.”

City Engineer Tris Miles told her that this land is not near existing houses. It is on the west side of Main Street near Walgreens and water tower.

“We are petitioning for annexation. If it comes in as R-1 (the most restrictive residential use), that is fine,” Wieser said. “There will then be some process for a zone change to allow a nursing home.”

Mayor Dave Uran told the council and citizens that they have already taken a visit to Main Street Healthcare in Carmel. It is beautiful, he said.

“This is a long term corridor around the high school and will increase the inventory in Crown Point’s assessed valuation. This means improvement to the area around the high school,” said Uran.

Councilman Mark Schweitzer, R at-large, reminded the rest of the council that this annexation is not part of an end use. It will come in as R-1 zoning.

Council President Andrew Kyres made the direction to set for public hearing Sept. 26. That special meeting of the council will be starting at 6 p.m.



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