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CROWN POINT — A special use request to allow a car repair shop in a B-3, Business District has been denied. 

The Crown Point City Council unanimously denied the request, made by Caliber Collision, during a Tuesday night meeting. The special use request received a 3-2 favorable recommendation from the Board of Zoning Appeals during its June meeting; however the City Council had concerns about the shops’ proposed location. 

Caliber was hoping to locate at 125 South Superior Drive, which is off of Broadway. Crown Point has long been trying to develop Broadway into a business corridor. Councilman Scott Evorik, R-at large, said that though Broadway “is not developing as fast as I think we thought it would, I just don’t know about an automotive repair (shop) right there.”

Instead, Evorik said, the business should be located a block away, where there are lots available that are already zoned industrial.

Gus Wilson, the developer for the project, said Caliber assured the council that all repair work is done indoors and that Caliber “is not a tire shop with open doors and loud noises.” 

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Caliber currently has 1,300 locations in 27 states. Wilson said Caliber has had success with locating in more residential areas in the past because of how visually appealing the businesses are. 

“It does not come across as an industrial building when you look at it from the outside,” Wilson said. “They are good neighbors.” 

Caliber usually places its buildings behind a 6-foot-tall vinyl fence and uses landscaping as buffering, Wilson added. 

Councilman Chad Jefferies, D-1st, said a fenced-off lot may change the “feel” the city has been working to curate along Broadway. 

“We’d love to have your business in Crown Point, just not in that location,” Councilwoman Dawn Stokes, D-2nd, said. 

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