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Thursday morning wasn’t exactly a pretty day for setting up the setting up the film reel for the Lake Maxinkuckee Film Fest. Dave Epley and Will Pearson of Easterday Construction put the display together in the rain in order to make sure it was there in time to be decorated for the start of the festival on Friday evening. Hot Pink for 2010! Unfortunately due to the high winds Friday evening, the Reel spent the Friday night on it’s back. It’s just a little too top heavy for 30mph wind gusts.
Easterday Construction Co., Inc. was named as a Sponsoring Business for the Festival. Becky and I were named to the Actor’s Guild as Patrons. We attended the Gala opening on Friday night and enjoyed good food and company. There were cocktails before the showing of the film “Best Man in Grass Creek” at the Uptown Cinema. Following the movie there was a catered dinner under a tent adjacent to the theater. Richard Ford brought three students from the Jacob School of Music at Indiana University, singers Laura Gibson and Nathan Brown and pianist Ilya Friedberg, to perform.
Good luck to the Festival Committee. Judging from Friday evening it should be a fun event, which benefits a good cause. Easterday Construction Co., Inc. is happy to help with this event.
The week of 8/16/10 was a big week for the planned Culver Garden Court project. On Tuesday, August 17th, I presented the Minor Subdivision plan for the Wade & Claudia McGee Subdivision to the Culver Plan Commission for approval. Culver allows Minor Subdivisions of property consisting of three or less parcels to be completed with a single presentation. This presentation went smoothly and was accepted by unanimous vote. All members of the Plan Commission seemed pleased that the project was moving forward.
On Thursday, August 19th, Brent Martin, Project Architect, and I presented the Special Use Permit request to to the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). The BZA had a full schedule and we were fifth of five on the agenda. Brent had the opportunity, whether he wanted it or not, to observe the Culver BZA in action on several things before we presented.
The Special Use Permit covered several items: 1) We applied for the Culver Garden Court project as Apartments which are allowed, but require a Special Use Permit under the existing S-1, Suburban Residential, Zoning District. 2) The 535 sf units are smaller than is generally allowed under Culver’s multi-family housing requirements. Since this is a HUD project and the 535 sf size is a HUD maximum square footage under 202 projects, the BZA agreed to this change and allowed the project to move forward. 3) Culver’s parking space standards require 2 spaces per unit. We were granted a change from the required 26 spaces to 16 spaces. This has proven to be an adequate ratio on previous Garden Court projects.
Culver’s Board of Zoning Appeals is operating with one vacant seat. Fortunately this wasn’t an issue and the Special Use Permit was granted unanimously, 4-0.
On Friday, August 20th, there was a press conference at the Culver Union Township Public Library officially announcing the planned Culver Garden Court. Dr. Ronald Liechty, President of Garden Court, Inc., gave a speech congratulating all involved. Congressman Joe Donnelly spoke as well, giving accolades to Garden Court, Inc. and his assurances that he did all he could to make this project possible and that he knew that it would be a positive addition to the Culver Community.
There was a fair turnout for the event. Culver Town Council board members Ed Pinder, Lynn Overmyer and Ralph Winters all attended. Greg Fassett was there representing both Miller’s Merry Manor and also wearing his hat as Culver Chamber of Commerce President. Representatives from the Garden Court, Inc. Board were there as well as several representatives from Real Estate Management Corp. Jeff Kenney, Editor of the Culver Citizen, was there reporting for the Culver Citizen/Pilot News. We ended up with a front page picture and article in the Pilot News, but it didn’t make the website, so I can’t provide a link. There were citizens there as well and Dr. Liechty fielded several questions from the audience regarding this project specifically and Garden Court in general.
We are currently waiting on plans from B.A. Martin Archtects, P.C. in order to begin pricing. We hope to have things together for a closing on this project prior to September 30, 2010 which is HUD’s year end. Unfortunately, we are also waiting on release of the 501(c)3 designation for this project. We cannot close without that. Despite all the talk about efforts to expedite projects, Washington still moves slowly on most of these things… We will be breaking ground on this project as soon as we can get the release.
This weekend there were a couple of Century Celebrations in our community. Saturday afternoon was the dedication of the Boy Scout Headquarters at the Culver Academies Woodcraft Camp. Easterday Construction Co., Inc. was pleased to have the opportunity to build this new structure.
The Headquarters is a slightly smaller version of the camp’s existing cabins. It is cedar post and beam construction with a shingle roof. The building foundation consists of concrete piers. The original cabin design was such that the units could be moved to new locations as necessary. The project was completed on a tight budget and with an aggressive schedule. Initial discussions about building the cabin began in mid May followed by design, permitting and construction which were completed on Wednesday of last week, July 21, 2010. There are previous entries showing some of the construction and background information here and here.
The ceremony at Culver Academies coincided with a Jamboree being held in Washington, D.C. celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. I learned this weekend that Scouting was started by Lord Baden-Powell, a Lieutenant in the British Army, upon his return from the Boer War in 1908. The Boy Scouts of America was formed by W. D. Boyce in 1910 and that is the anniversary that was celebrated this past weekend. Culver Academies’ legend is that the actual birthplace of the Boy Scouts of America was at the then Culver Military Academy in 1910.
Nearly 100 people attended the ceremony. Julius W. Hegeler II was presented a plaque thanking him for his donation through his charitable arm, the Julius W. Hegeler II Foundation, which made the facility possible. Several representatives of Culver Academies as well as local and regional representatives of the Boy Scouts of America spoke.
Also celebrating 1oo years this weekend was the First National Bank of Monterey(FNBM). It took $25,000 in 1910 to establish a National Bank. From those small beginnings in 1910, FNBM has grown to a 280 million dollarbank serving Monterey and the surrounding area through branches in Winamac, Culver and North Judson. Several hundred people helped celebrate at an Open House held at the Monterey School on Sunday afternoon.
Joe DeHaven, President and CEO of the Indiana Bankers Association, was guest speaker and awarded the Board of Directors of FNBM a plaque commemorating the occasion. Bank President Claiborn (Clip) Wamsley spoke relating some of his personal experiences from his 60 years with the bank.
Kelly Field spoke relating some of the bank’s history. Notable highlights included FNBM’s move to insure deposits long before the FDIC was created, FNBM’s issuance of their own currency and FNBM’s collaboration with 5 other small banks to change State Law in 1981 to allow a bank branch to be established in a town where another bank already exists.
Easterday Construction Co., Inc. has had a long history of affiliation with the First National Bank of Monterey. We have expanded the Monterey facility several times including most recently in 2009. We remodeled and expanded the Winamac facility, built the Culver facility and have completed several projects at the North Judson facility. Larry Berger, past president of Easterday Construction, has served on the Bank’s board of directors for more than a decade.
We have cut out a BSA emblem from plywood which CEF staff are painting for installation when the project is complete.
See previous Boy Scout Headquarters entry here.