Skilled nursing, assisted living facility proposed in Merrillville

2013-05-09T17:30:00Z 2013-05-09T20:21:18Z Skilled nursing, assisted living facility proposed in MerrillvilleChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com

MERRILLVILLE | A skilled nursing and assisted living facility has been proposed for Merrillville's south side.

Mainstreet, which would be at 171 E. 93rd Ave., would include 100 rooms, said Mike Klingl, site development manager for GreenbergFarrow.

About 75 percent of the rooms would be used for the skilled nursing portion of the facility, Klingl told the Plan Commission this week. The remaining rooms would be available for assisted living.

He said rooms there would be like those in a hotel. The facility would offer an array of amenities, including a theater, business center and restaurant-style eating areas.

Klingl said Mainstreet wants to locate near a hospital. The property proposed in Merrillville is near Pinnacle Hospital and Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus.

The entire facility would be about 65,000 square feet, Klingl said.

More than 100 new jobs would be created if the development advances, Klingl said.

Property for the facility must be changed from agricultural to community commercial before the project could begin.

The Plan Commission will consider approving the zone change during its May 21 meeting.

Groundbreaking could occur this year if the request is granted, Klingl said.

The Plan Commission appears to be supportive of the project.

"I think it's a great development," said Town Councilman Ron Widing, who also serves on the Plan Commission.

The facility could be one of many Mainstreet locations to open in Northwest Indiana.

Klingl said Mainstreet, which is based in Carmel, Ind., has been examining four to five potential areas for additional facilities.

Crown Point, Hobart, Dyer and Porter County are among the areas, he said.

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