MUNSTER — The Town Council will petition the state to expand the number of local liquor licenses to help the developer of Centennial Village.
Centennial Village, to be located on Calumet Avenue south of the railroad tracks on 45th Avenue, is having trouble attracting restaurants to his mixed-use site because liquor licenses are scarce. Developer Matthew Kimmel envisions the village as one which combines residential with retail, presumably giving Munster a neighborly, downtown-like development along one of its busiest corridors.
The state regulates liquor licenses in a given municipality, and in most places, this quota is quickly reached and has been in Munster. To open pp more licenses for Centennial Village, Munster has two choices: It can petition the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (IATC) to expand the quota or ask the General Assembly to pass legislation that amends Munster’s statute.
Because a number of Region communities, including Whiting, Valparaiso and Crown Point, have successfully used the second strategy, the council passed a resolution directing staff to work with Munster’s legislative delegation. It will first have to amend town code, inserting criteria necessary for a business to apply for a liquor license. It will then have to create a committee to evaluate and eventually approve a liquor license.