SCHERERVILLE | The site of the former Krispy Kreme business is poised for new life.
The Town Council on Wednesday unanimously granted a variance of use allowing construction of the Shoppes on the Boulevard development at 320 Indianapolis Blvd.
Albert’s Diamond Jewelers President Josh Halpern, who is pursuing the project, said the existing building on the property will be demolished and a new structure will be built there.
The new building can house five to 11 businesses, Halpern said.
Businesses that would locate there haven't been announced, but Halpern has received "a lot of interest," he said.
Albert's won't be moving into the building, Halpern said.
Town Manager Bob Volkmann seems pleased with the proposed design of the new building.
Volkmann said the proposals include a metal roof and facades on all sides of the facility. He said there will be entrances in the front and rear of the structure.
With Wednesday's approval, Halpern can submit an application for a building permit from the town.
He hasn't determined when construction will begin because state approval also is required for the project, Halpern said.
In other matters, the council selected Walsh & Kelly to complete a road improvement project on Austin Avenue.
The company submitted a bid for nearly $712,000. Volkmann said the project was estimated to cost about $852,000.
The road will be reconstructed from U.S. 30 to 77th Avenue. The project also includes the installation of a new water main and drainage improvements. Volkmann anticipates construction could begin in about 60 days.
Public Works Director Jeff Huet said much of the project could be finished this year but some restoration work might move into 2014.