Schererville is building a future for town

2013-08-11T00:00:00Z Schererville is building a future for townBy Bob Volkmann nwitimes.com
August 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Schererville is a community of residential neighborhoods with dedicated and progressive public officials and staff who work to maintain and improve the quality of life for our residents.

Our employees and elected representatives are busy dealing with the day-to-day town business as well as the task of continually planning and preparing for our future. Improving our transportation systems, public utilities, parks and recreation opportunities and planning for new development are daily tasks for Schererville staff.

We also have many dedicated volunteers who give their time and talent to local organizations, such as the Schererville Chamber of Commerce, Schererville Park Foundation, Schererville Civic Fund, the Tri-Town Safety Village and Volunteers in Police Service. With the help of these volunteers and others, it makes Schererville a great place to live and raise your family.

Economic development is alive and doing well in Schererville, as we are experiencing tremendous growth in the commercial sector. This will create job opportunities and many benefits for our residents and the region as a whole.

Within the last 12 months construction was completed on the new Team Toyota dealership and a new Menards. Jak’s Warehouse, a family entertainment center, was added next to Omni Fitness. Recently, construction was started on the Shops on Main retail center, which will introduce several new shopping and dining opportunities to the U.S. 41 retail corridor. A new Fiat dealership is being added to the Napleton Auto Mall.

Construction of a new 22,000-square-foot multitenant building will start soon at the former Krispy Kreme site. Our Planning and Building staff is currently working with developers on several other sites on the U.S. 41 and U.S. 30 corridors.

There are 27 parks in Schererville providing numerous recreational opportunities to its residents. From preschool to senior citizen, there is something for everyone, including the family dog when visiting the Ferrini Dog Park. The recently completed Community Center at Scherwood Park will add availability of park programming for all ages.

Looking forward, the Park Department is constantly working to improve and replace existing facilities and equipment. Stephens Park playground and washrooms are scheduled for upgrades this year. This fall the Redar Park picnic shelter will be remodeled with a new look. Planning continues on the Pennsy Trail, which will eventually tie the trail section near Redar Park to a connection point of the trail at Main Street in Munster.

Schererville prides itself with planning and maintaining its road system to keep pace with the growth not only in town but also for the traffic passing through to our neighbors to the south. Improvements are taking place now at Main Street and U.S. 41 in conjunction with the Shops on Main development.

Intersection projects are scheduled at Division and Kennedy, (turn lanes and traffic light) and at Austin and U.S. 30, (turn lanes and traffic light upgrade). Plans are being finalized for improvements to Cline Avenue south of U.S. 30, including a roundabout at Cline and 77th Avenue. This work is scheduled for letting in 2014.

Engineers are surveying for the addition of a turn lane and traffic light upgrades for Janice Drive and U.S. 30. Long-range planning continues along the Kennedy Avenue corridor with the goal of connecting it directly to U.S. 30. A scoping and environmental study is being conducted as a primary step in reaching this goal.

In addition, a study is being done on the feasibility of a connection between U.S. 41 and Kennedy Avenue at Oak Street.

These projects, along with normal maintenance of existing streets, help keep Schererville and Lake County moving smoothly.

Bob Volkmann is Schererville's town manager. The opinions are the writer's.

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