MUNSTER | Restaurants such as Noodles & Company and Meatheads Burgers and Fries could be coming to the Lake Business Center in Munster.
The Town Council voted unanimously last week to approve amendments to an original plan, allowing the development of the restaurants and a retail outlot on the property.
The Lake Business Center, 9200 Calumet Ave., has undergone major renovations by developer Mitch Simborg since December 2011. That’s when crews and equipment began tearing down the old Simmons warehouse to transform the 72-acre site into the Lake Business Center.
The $60 million renovation by Simborg Development originally was envisioned to include more than 100,000 square feet of office space and more than 900,000 square feet of manufacturing/warehouse/distribution space.
In May, Simborg asked the Munster Plan Commission to approve two actions: amend the planned unit development for the Lake Business Center and resubdivide three parcels as outlots. Two lots would be designated for restaurants and the third for retail businesses.
A public hearing held by the Plan Commission on June 11 drew no remonstrators from the neighboring properties, which include the Pepsi bottling plant on the south and the retail/restaurant/hotel complex on the north. Following the public hearing, the Plan Commission voted 6-0 with one abstention to recommend the changes.
According to the ordinance approved Aug. 12 by the council, the new development plan calls for the construction of a building for the Noodles and Meatheads restaurants.
The new planned unit development also contains space for a large office building and downsizes some of the adapted warehouse space, which now can be used for additional office space.
A leg of the Fran-Lin Parkway/Calumet Avenue intersection is another part of the new planned unit development.
No date has been set for the construction of the restaurant building.