Merrillville Plan Commission OKs home replacement proposal
BY KAREN CAFFARINI Post-Tribune correspondent September 3, 2013 9:18PM
Updated: October 5, 2013 6:29AM
MERRILLVILLE — Plan Commission members at Tuesday’s meeting said they had no problems with a resident’s desire to live in her existing house while a new one is built on the same property.
Nancy Sharp wants to live in at 8030 Randolph St. while atwo-story home is being constructed on the same five-acre parcel.
Dan Steiner, of Steiner Homes, is building Sharp’s new house. He said the old garage will be torn down first, and the new home will be built where the garage is.
Once the new Craftsman-style home is built, Sharp’s current 50-year-old house will be demolished, Steiner said.
Commission president and Councilman Shawn Pettit, D-6th, said he’s been in Merrillville since 1997 and never had this issue come before the town before this.
“But I never fault anyone for improving their property,” Pettit said.
Zoning director Dorinda Gregor said Sharp needed to come before the commission because her lot is not legally subdivided. When she bought the property, it was under Ross Township’s jurisdiction.
Steiner said the well and septic system on the land have already been approved by Lake County Health Department.
Steiner and Sharp still need to go before the town’s Board of Zoning Appeals to obtain two variances. Steiner said the lot is too deep in comparison to its width under town standards. Also, Sharp needs a variance to live in the existing home during construction.
Sharp said she needs to remain on the property because she has two horses and a dog she needs to take care of every day.
She hopes construction will begin on her new house by the end of October.