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Valparaiso homeowner eyes new storage units

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Updated: May 15, 2013 6:16AM



VALPARAISO — A home in the Evans Avenue industrial area could get storage units built behind it and a business along Joliet Road plans to improve its looks.

Both projects came before the Site Review Committee on Tuesday, with Ronald Brown planning to put a four-building mini-warehouse business behind his home at 2908 Evans Ave. and G.E. Marshall, a construction firm, looking to expand and put a prairie-style facade on its office at 1351 Joliet.

Brown’s home is between the Paul Wirth building and Indiana 49, just north of the Canadian National tracks and across the street from Opportunity Enterprises.

City Planner Tyler Kent said mini-warehouses are allowed in industrial but not heavy industrial zonings, and because Brown intends to continue living in his family home in front of the units, that would be a dual use for the property. The city doesn’t allow for dual uses, Kent said.

The four storage buildings would be 24 feet apart from each other and might have about 80 units, but Brown is still working on the plans.

The G.E. Marshall plans include expanding its Joliet office by 2,000 square feet, adding three new offices and a second-floor conference room. The building will also get a makeover in a prairie motif similar to Frank Lloyd Wright’s style and making use of natural colors.



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