Burns Harbor poised for growth in 2011
In early December, the Burns Harbor Advisory Plan Commission gave the green light to The Village developer Cliff Fleming to add additional units to his original plat, which Fleming says will fulfill a vision of building up the town.
The addition is planned for the 30-acre parcel just to the east of The Village and will include what Fleming calls Manor Homes. They are two-story buildings composed of eight units with between one and three bedrooms each, some with an attached garage, some with an external garage.
Fleming said the number of buildings constructed depends on the economy, but he said he already is in negotiations to begin construction on two of them this year.
Each building will have its own facade, and units are designed to have views.
“The belief is that Burns Harbor is a place people can drive to, instead of drive through. The Manor Homes are designed to pedestrian preference, so you move into a neighborhood and become part of something,” Fleming said.
“The idea is to integrate the units and create spillover, so there’s a larger density of people to encourage the retail sector to come here. Without people, you don’t get the stores. You have to provide the rooftops to justify the retail.”
The vision is for the residential and commercial to blend together in an urban, pedestrian-friendly design with a downtown centered around the intersection of U.S. 20 and Ind. 149.
The Manor Homes, which Fleming described as “neighborhoodish apartments,” will be built in phases. He hopes to attract older residents to live alongside the younger families in The Village.
“We want to create an environment where you have a neighborhood comprised of old people and young people who live together. There’s no, ‘Oh, The Village starts here, and the Manor Homes start here.’ It’s all together,” he said.