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City denies concrete permit

Postby Big Dog » Fri Jul 01, 2005 10:53 am

CROWN POINT | The city's Building and Planning Department has denied developer Tim Heidbreder's application for a permit to build a concrete plant on Millennium Drive.

But don't count Heidbreder out of the ready-mix business just yet.

His lawyer, Bruce Lambka, is already preparing appeals to the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Board of Public Works and Safety to reconsider denial of the permit.

"We'll give them every opportunity to get it right before going to court," Lambka said.

Heidbreder also could seek to recover damages resulting from the city's refusal to issue the permit.

City officials could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Earlier this year, Mayor Dan Klein vetoed the City Council's approval of the special use zoning Heidbreder needed to bring a Prairie Material concrete plant to 1010 Millennium Drive, inside his industrial development Millennium Park. The developer announced Monday that he was seeking a permit to build his own concrete plant, saying under state law a special use is deemed approved 90 days after the Board of Zoning Appeals makes its recommendation, unless the City Council votes to deny it.

Heidbreder said the only effect of the veto was to render void the conditions the City Council placed on construction of the Prairie Material plant, which included making it 100 percent self-contained and paving truck areas.

Klein's veto came after residents in the nearby Brookside subdivision protested construction of the plant. He negotiated with Prairie Material's owner to have him build in the Crown East development, a project the Board of Zoning Appeals recommended for denial at a meeting Monday. The City Council will vote Tuesday on the special use zoning that would allow the Prairie Material plant to be built in Crown East.

On Monday, Heidbreder said when he began looking into securing tax abatement for the Prairie Material concrete plant, it first occurred to him he should get into the business himself.

The plant he envisions building would be similar to the one Prairie Material proposed for his land. It would accommodate 12 trucks and up to 15 within a year.

"I really want to do it," Heidbreder said. "I'm excited."

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