S'ville panel supports Shops on Main plan changes

2013-11-18T20:30:00Z 2013-11-18T23:58:16Z S'ville panel supports Shops on Main plan changesChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
November 18, 2013 8:30 pm  • 

SCHERERVILLE | Changes are needed in the Shops on Main site plan to accommodate the Whole Foods Market slated for the development.

During a Plan Commission meeting Monday night, developer Bruce Boyer presented the proposed changes and asked for the Shops on Main property to be resubdivided.

The modifications include decreasing the size of a future building on the property from 32,000 square feet to 19,600 square feet, designating one outlot for parking and combining two other outlots into one lot for the Whole Foods building, Boyer said.

The commission gave favorable recommendations for Boyer's modifications and resubdivision requests.

The requests will move to the Town Council, which will make the final decision about them.

Boyer said construction of the Whole Foods building is projected to start in spring or summer. Construction could take as long as a year.

Work continues for the Shops on Main development at the southeast corner of Main Street and U.S. 41, and the first stores are expected to open in the spring.

Boyer said structures for Gordmans, Ross Dress for Less, HomeGoods, DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse and Pier 1 Imports are completely enclosed, and the tenants have started preparing interiors for occupation.

"I see you're hard at work there," said Tom Anderson, commission president.

In addition to the construction at the development, improvements were made to U.S. 41 and Main Street to accommodate added traffic expected when Shops on Main stores open.

"Main Street is much nicer with that median," Anderson said.

The installation of a new traffic signal on Main Street is another aspect of the road enhancement project.

Boyer said the signal could be activated this week.

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