Monday, November 2, 2009

#Porter #NWI: New Porter hospital could attract development

New Porter hospital could attract development: "As president of the Commercial In-Sites real estate brokerage firm and owner of 14 acres of vacant land along Ind. 49 in Chesterton, he was convinced the $210 million state-of-the art hospital and related medical office building would be a big incentive for national restaurant chains, hotels and retailers to consider opening up shop nearby in Porter County.

These are the types of investments that occur regardless of the shape of the economy, Lasser said.

Porter County Plan Commission Director Bob Thompson said his office has received a few calls from landowners near the hospital site seeking information about allowable uses for their property.

Most of the unincorporated land north of U.S. 30 along Ind. 49 is currently zoned for residential use, but owners could petition for changes, he said. No one has yet submitted any plans for developments piggybacking on the planned hospital, a two-year project expected to break ground this spring.
Chesterton officials are including a discussion on how the town can factor into the new hospital as part of their efforts to update the community's comprehensive plan, said Town Manager Bernie Doyle.

The community has two prime locations for development on either side of Ind. 49, just south of the Indiana Toll Road, he said.

Valparaiso has not received any inquiries from developers as a result of the Porter hospital project, said city Planning Director Craig Phillips

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