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Valpo property zoning wins variance

Updated: April 21, 2013 6:36AM



VALPARAISO — At the crossroads of where the 30-year plan for the Porter County Regional Airport and the city’s U.S. 30 overlay building requirements meet, a former house zoned as an office building is returning to residential zoning.

The Board of Zoning Appeals on Tuesday approved a variance for the house at 3107 Comeford Road.

However, the changes to the property probably won’t be affected by the U.S. 30 requirements, and the City Council hasn’t approved the airport plan, City Planner Tyler Kent said.

The block — a peninsula of land east of Indiana 49 that is south of U.S. 30 and a sharp turn onto Comeford — is all light industrial, although the land west of it is apartments and a mobile home park.

Jack E. Richey Jr., who owns Billy Jack’s restaurant, acquired the land in a trade with Farm Credit Union, which couldn’t build there because a sewer line was too far to make it affordable.

Richey said he can’t build a restaurant there for the same reason and hasn’t been able to sell it for two years.



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