|CROWN POINT Opponents of the proposed new high school
have started collecting the 250 signatures needed to instigate a petition drive that would
decide the fate of the building project.
Former School Board member Michel Nikolich said he began handing out
petitions Friday and that about 100 signatures were collected over the weekend.
Its going good, he said. I dont think (the 250
signatures) is a problem.
The new school opponents have 30 days from June 10 to collect the signatures.
If they are successful, a 60-day petition period would start, during which proponents and
opponents of the project would each collect signatures from property owners.
If proponents collect the most signatures, the project would proceed as
planned. If opponents collect more, the school corporation could not proceed with the
project for at least one year.
If after one year the School Board still wanted to build the new school,
project opponents would again have the right to attempt a remonstrance petition.
Nikolich said that its hard to tell what kind of support project
opponents would get in a petition race.
I want to sit down with some of the petition carriers in the next few
days ... to see what is being said (in the community), he said.
The School Board has already committed to borrowing $64 million for the new
school project. Architects are working on the buildings plans, and the schedule
calls for work at the new school site on Burrell Drive to begin in October.
That date is just after the pending petition drive would be completed.
By Andrew Steele
Star Managing Editor
CROWN POINT A divided Plan Commission on Monday approved the construction of a CVS
Pharmacy on the southeast corner of 93rd Avenue and Main Street.
The commission voted 4-3 to approve the site plan. Critics cited traffic and
noise concerns.Though the property is zoned for business use, commission member Jack Kemp
said CVSs plan for the property would disrupt the neighborhood, thereby
giving grounds for rejecting the plan. Kemp, Steven Bazin and Paul Bremer voted against
Besides approving the drug store site plan, the commission approved the
subdivision of the property to create a smaller lot which CVS plans to sell to another
Plans call for the new drug store to cover about 10,000 square feet with 67
parking spaces on 1.8 acres. The store will have a drive-through, and CVS has set
tentative business hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Critics of the plan, including commission members and residents, said the
site could have been laid out so that the building would be further from the residential
area that borders the property to the east.
They also questioned how efficiently and safely customers could drive into
and out of the drugstore, considering the closeness of its entrances and exits to the busy
intersection of Main Street and 93rd Avenue.
Cheryl Carniello, who lives directly behind the proposed store, said the
proximity of the building to her property would lead to unacceptable noise.
They could get rid of 10 parking spaces and move the building 42 feet
away from our house, Carniello said. That extra 42 feet would be a world of
Others suggested rotating the building on the property to keep the
drive-through, loading dock and trash compactor away from the side of the building facing
residential property. Moving the propertys stormwater detention pond in between the
building and residential property was also suggested.
|It looks to me (CVS is) making the site fit the
building plan and not the building plan fit the site, resident Ray Keilman said.
But CVS representative Todd Maurer said his company uses the same floor plan
for all its stores, and didnt intend to change this one.
The company did agree though to put a 10-foot-high cedar fence around its
property, increase the number of trees from what it had originally planned to plant, and
build a brick wall around the trash compactor and dumpster area.
Maurer also pointed out the number of parking spaces allotted correspond to
city ordinance requirements.
I dont know how much more I can do, he said.
Traffic concerns centered on left-turns from the CVS parking lot onto 93rd
Avenue. Traffic backs up well down the street in the morning and afternoon, critics
Bremer said people pulling out of the CVS lot onto westbound 93rd could cause
It troubles me quite a bit, he said.
City Planner Curt Graves pointed out that the city had required CVS to
dedicate an exit lane for left turns onto 93rd Avenue. He also said traffic problems there
would be little different from those at Walgreens at Main and Summit streets.
As for left turns onto Main Street, the Indiana Department of Transportation
must rule on that because the street is a state road.
Commission member Jeff Ban, also the citys engineer, made the motion to
approve the CVS plan based on the fact that it met all city ordinance requirements.
Denying the petition simply because CVS would not move the building 20
or 30 feet was not justified, he said. Moving the building that far would have
little, if any, benefit for neighboring residential properties, he argued.
In other business, the commission approved a rezoning request from Tony
Fleming and Terri Weerts to change the zoning of about four acres on Marshall Street just
south of St. Jude House from residential to office use.
The developers intend to build an office building that would house
The City Council must approve the zoning change for it to become law.