Developers outline senior housing facility plan

2013-06-04T20:30:00Z Developers outline senior housing facility planChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com

MERRILLVILLE | The Plan Commission members seem excited about a proposed skilled nursing/assisted living facility, but they want to ensure the development won't affect drainage in a nearby subdivision.

MS Merrillville, LLC, is seeking preliminary subdivision approval for the Mainstreet facility, which would be located on property at 171 E. 93rd Ave.

The site is near the Broadfield residential subdivision, which had sustained severe flooding on multiple occasions before the town and the Lake County Surveyor's office collaborated to address the drainage issues.

Plan Commission President Shawn Pettit said hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent to fix the flooding problems, and he stressed he wants the developers of Mainstreet to be cognizant of storm sewer lines tied into Broadfield.

"I do not want it impacting Broadfield," Pettit said.

Jeff Ban, of DVG Inc., pledged caution will be used when working near the town's stormwater infrastructure. Ban also said Mainstreet wouldn't use the storm sewer system. Instead, it would tie into an existing pond near the property.

Proper drainage was the only concern expressed during Tuesday's commission workshop.

Other comments made during the meeting were favorable to Mainstreet.

"In my opinion, it's kind of a big one," Pettit said of the project.

The 65,000-square-foot facility would include 100 rooms. The skilled nursing area would occupy most of the building.

About 25 percent of the rooms would be available for assisted living.

Groundbreaking for the facility, which would create more than 100 new jobs, could occur this year.

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