Updated: November 5, 2013 3:36PM
CROWN POINT — The Board of Zoning Appeals on Oct. 28 gave a favorable recommendation to the City Council to allow Crown Legacy Development to build a commercial venture on residentially-zoned land within the Sportsplex on North Street. The council approved the project Monday.
Todd Kleven, vice president of Hawk Development, presented the plan to the BZA.
Just like the karate school located within the Sportsplex, the property will be owned by the developer. This property has been for sale for two years by the city and Crown Legacy has an agreement to purchase the land for a two-story building. Kleven said each story will be 8,000 sq. ft.
While the final plans are still in the works for this building Kleven did show a tentative lot layout. Formal drawings will be presented for approval at the Plan Commission.
Kleven said, “We just awarded the contract to the architect last week.” Right now they are looking at matching the brick and limestone that are on the new adult softball stadium.
There will be two separate entrances and exits.
The agreement on this property is that any business going into this building must be sports related.
Mayor Dave Uran had sent a letter to the BZA to be read into the record with these restrictions to be made part of the plat for this lot.
“As we continue to develop this campus there is a need to have a nice mix of private to public partnerships. With that being said, we are looking for private partners that will complement the investments at the Crown Point Sportsplex. I have listed several types of ‘Special Uses’ that would be appropriate to locate on this campus and maintain the spirit of the city’s vision,” wrote the mayor.
The kinds of business that he asked for are: commercial retail, including sporting goods, apparel and memorabilia; and professional services including sports medicine and rehabilitation, athletic training, marketing management and sports photography.
Uran asked the BZA to use this list as a tool in making its decision and if they decided to recommend the variance to include those standards in it “finding of fact” that are part of any motion they make.
“Any uses proposed beyond the scope of these recommendations, if accepted by the BZA, will have to come back for approval,” said BZA attorney Joe Irak.
BZA member Alda Vellutini asked about the possibility of a food business, but Kleven noted that would compete with the Sportsplex concessions.
Kleven told the BZA that if anyone had asked a few years ago if he would be proposing a commercial building with so many restrictions, he would have said no. Now he and Jim Hawk think this is their way to give back to the city.