M'ville reviews proposed family entertainment center

2013-04-16T20:45:00Z 2013-04-16T23:57:03Z M'ville reviews proposed family entertainment centerChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com

MERRILLVILLE | Town Councilman Shawn Pettit is willing to explore a possible incentive to bring a proposed family entertainment center to Merrillville.

Pettit said he and Zoning Director Dorinda Gregor met Tuesday with Steve Krumdick, who is interested in opening Air Adventure in the town.

The facility would offer a sky diving simulator, rock climbing wall, indoor go-kart track, arcade and other amenities.

Pettit didn't reveal the type of incentive he would ask the town to offer. He said he wants to discuss the project with other town leaders before moving forward with the plan.

Century Plaza, which is near Broadway and U.S. 30, has been discussed as a possible location for Air Adventure.

Pettit also wants to discuss the family entertainment center with officials from Tri-Land Properties, the developer of Century Plaza.

Pettit, who is president of the Plan Commission, asked other commission members for their thoughts about Air Adventure during Tuesday's meeting.

"We need something like that in this town," commission member Brian Dering said of the proposed project.

He said Broadway and U.S. 30 "should be one of the most profitable corners in Northwest Indiana," and he thinks more development could come to Century Plaza if Air Adventure opens there.

Features offered at Air Adventure would be enclosed inside an air-supported dome.

During a previous commission meeting, Krumdick said the family entertainment center would be a $5 million project.

In other business, the commission granted final subdivision approval for a new Aunt Millie's Bakeries distribution facility and retail sales business near 69th Avenue and Mississippi Street.

Pettit said the $2 million project is important for Merrillville and the town's Mississippi Street tax increment financing district.

Aunt Millie's officials have said construction could begin later this spring or in early summer.

About 30 employees from the Aunt Millie's distribution center in Griffith would be transferred to the new site. An additional 25 to 30 employees would be hired.

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