Planning begins for M'ville historical district

2013-03-29T19:30:00Z 2013-03-29T21:55:04Z Planning begins for M'ville historical districtChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com

MERRILLVILLE | Town Council President Carol Miano wants to create a "nostalgic old town area" in Merrillville's recently established historic preservation district.

The district runs along 73rd Avenue from Mississippi Street to Van Buren Street. At first, it was proposed between Madison Street and Broadway.

Miano said she hopes the district would include decorative lighting, improved walkways and markers explaining the town's history.

"It's going to be exciting," she said of the potential work.

Funding to improve the historical district hasn't yet been established.

Miano said she wants to explore the possibility of using money from the Broadway tax increment financing district.

Fundraisers also could be planned to generate money for the enhancements.

Miano said there are vacant structures within the historical district. Enhancing the area could attract people to occupy those buildings, she said.

In addition to creating the district, the council also recently established a Historic Preservation Commission, which will be responsible for adopting rules, regulations and laws for the historical district.

Miano said the town is seeking residents interested in serving on the commission.

People interested in applying for the panel can call Miano at (219) 736-8258.

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