A Culver's restaurant is planned for this corner of Broadway and Summit Street. | Kitty Conley/Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 10, 2013 1:23PM
CROWN POINT — Culver’s restaurant plans to put the shovel in the ground soon for a new flagship-design franchise restaurant just west of the corner of Broadway and Summit Street.
Jack Huls, who works in Jeff Ban’s DVG engineeering firm, presented plans for trees on the property to the Crown Point Tree Board at its Sept. 4 meeting at the city Engineering Office in the On Broadway complex of buildings at 11035 Broadway.
Huls’ presentation pleased the Tree Board, which voted to make a favorable recommendation to the Plan Commission. The restaurant company is looking at the out-lot in Crown Village, called lot number 3.
On both the east and west sides of the property are driveways going into the Crown Village shopping center. This parcel of land’s address is 1700 Summit St.
The plan Huls presented exceeded the city’s minimum requirements of plantings and green space. For this size lot and building the city requires 26 trees and 45 shrubs.
Huls said, “Mr. Culver is an arborist. He will probably come and plant more.”
This is a franchise, with the same owner as Culver’s Merrillville location, but company CEO Craig Culver, according to Huls, wants the restaurant to make a “statement.”
“It needs to be a focal point and attractive landscaping is important,” Huls said. “This will be a new flagship design and they need to do something special.”
The trees will include crabapple, red bud, cherry and a red maple. Huls was reminded that the dwarf cherry trees must have a two-inch diameter to be counted as trees.