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Schererville Town Hall

John J. Watkins

SCHERERVILLE — The Schererville Town Council has given the final approval needed to begin construction of the Shoppes on The Boulevard.

In a 5-0 vote, the council OK’d the variance allowing a drive-thru lane for Buona Beef, the Italian beef fast food chain restaurant planned at the retail center being developed by Josh and Fred Halpern. The town’s Board of Zoning Appeals forwarded the request to the council with a 4-0 favorable recommendation.

“This project is moving along,” Town Manager Robert Volkmann said about the development at the old Krispy Kreme site that will also include a McAlister’s Deli. “They are ready to pull (building) permits.”

Jim Reilly, general contractor with KGM Inc. of Munster, said he expects to begin obtaining those permits in March.

Another development along U.S. 41 received a thumbs up from the Town Council. The unanimous vote to amend a town zoning ordinance allows Ken Drenth of K & C Property Holdings LLC to rezone the 10 acres of his property at 7771 U.S. 41 to all C-3 Highway Commercial.

At Monday’s Plan Commission meeting, the commissioners unanimously voted to approve Drenth’s request. All but 350 feet of the 10 acres was zoned R-1 Residential.

“I plan on dividing the property and sell off some portion,” Drenth told commissioners at that meeting.

Prior to the council vote, Ward 4 Councilman Tom Schmitt commended Drenth on the improvements he’s made to the property he owns.

“It should stay commercial,” Schmitt said.

In other business, the Town Council approved an ordinance on second reading that will annex property in the 11000 block of West 80th Place. The property owners want to connect to the Schererville sanitary sewer.

Town Attorney Dave Austgen said town ordinances require that the land be annexed for the owners to gain assistance in bringing in that sewer line.

The Town Council also approved a $1,000 donation to the Lake Central High School Dollars for Scholars program at the request of Clerk Treasurer Janice Malinowski. Funds will be taken from the cable TV budget, not tax dollars, she said.

“The town of Schererville has donated $1,000 per year since 2010,” said Malinowski about the academic scholarship program. “The school and students are very appreciative. The program generally raises $90,000 per year.”

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