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New construction Munster Cal Ave

A recent view of the two new buildings looking south at the Centennial Village project along Calumet Avenue in Munster. It is envisioned as a new downtown area where locals can shop and dine and live in upscale condos.

John J. Watkins, The Times

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Senate is on board with Munster's plan to secure additional liquor licenses for new restaurants in the Centennial Village development along Calumet Avenue.

Hoosier senators this week voted 40-8 to advance Senate Bill 46 to the House.

It allows the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to issue three permits for on-premises alcohol consumption at Centennial Village restaurants, on top of the standard allotment of alcohol sale permits available in Munster.

The legislation, which town officials began working on last year, also authorizes the town to impose specific conditions on the three permit holders.

In addition, each $40,000 permit cannot be transferred to any other location in Munster, or elsewhere.

State Sen. Frank Mrvan, D-Hammond, a co-sponsor of the measure with state Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, said he's proud to assist Munster's economic development agenda.

"I am very impressed with the work that is being done in and around Centennial Park in Munster," Mrvan said.

"I know that allowing these new permits will help to aid the economic development entity in enhancing the park's reputation as a destination for more attractions and ultimately more visitors to the area."

Every senator representing Northwest Indiana supported the legislation, except state Sen. Lonnie Randolph, D-East Chicago, who was absent.

The House Public Policy Committee now must decide in the next three weeks whether to advance the measure to the full House for a vote on sending the proposal to the governor for his approval or veto.


Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.