Hobart council doesn’t go for dog breeding facility
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent March 24, 2013 11:36PM
Updated: April 26, 2013 6:09AM
HOBART — The City Council Wednesday denied a request to allow a dog breeding facility on U.S. 6, but allowed a separate request to permit a two-unit office building on Rand Street.
Both requests had encountered opposition at the plan commission or board of zoning appeals levels.
Councilman Pete Mendez, D-2nd, said he visited the proposed site for the dog breeding facility, at 9250 E. Ridge Road, and thought it might be suitable for the facility. However, he noted the council as a whole didn’t think it was a good fit and the BZA voted not to recommend it.
“I think the petitioner understood this,” he said.
Councilman Lino Maggio, D-3rd, said he felt it would have been a great fit.
Amy Gadberry, speaking for petitioner John Stolarz, had told the BZA that Stolarz breeds British Imported Labradors and sells them either as starters at around 10 weeks of age or finished products at about four months.
Meanwhile, local businessman Kenneth West received the council’s approval to build a two-unit office building at 1510 Rand St.
West had told the plan commission his insurance agency would occupy one unit and he plans to rent out the other half.
The commission struck out most normally allowed uses for the site with the exception of an office use similar to West’s, which appeared to appease residents who had spoken against having an office building in their area.
The council also approved a personal property tax abatement for ITR America LLC, which is building a new $6.2 million, 100,000-square-foot building in the Northwind Crossings business park.
And, Councilman Dave Vinzant, D-4th, reported that the Historic Preservation Commission has recommended enlarging the city’s historic district to include the former police department building on Main Street and three buildings across from the clock tower on 3rd Street.
Vinzant said the city council must still vote on the recommendation before it becomes official. The former police station housed Northern Indiana Public Service Co. before that. The other buildings that would be included in the historic district now house a dry cleaner, a Verizon store and a pizza parlor.
“All the buildings have been here awhile,” Vinzant said.
He said being in the historic district would enable the buildings to receive facade grants and other perks that could help an owner or potential buyer.