Shopping center at vacant Menards taking shape in Schererville

2013-11-23T18:00:00Z 2013-11-23T21:51:07Z Shopping center at vacant Menards taking shape in ScherervilleChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
November 23, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

SCHERERVILLE | The Shops on Main isn't the only commercial center receiving approvals in Schererville.

Last week, the Plan Commission approved the secondary review of the development plan for the Boulevard Square project.

The former Menards building at 1000 U.S. 41 is being renovated to create Boulevard Square.

Workers have started creating a new facade on the building. Other plans for the building include creating a new streetscape.

Developer Al Krygier couldn't be reached for comment about the redevelopment project.

During a previous Schererville meeting, Krygier said the building will be occupied by six to eight tenants, each using about 20,000 to 30,000 square feet.

At that time, he anticipated clothing retailers and furniture stores locating in Boulevard Square.

An outlot on the property is slated for a Bagger Dave's restaurant. The chain has locations in Missouri, Michigan and Indiana.

Last month, the Town Council granted a zone change request as well as a planned unit development proposal and signage district for Boulevard Square. A variance of use request has been submitted to Schererville officials for the development. That request will be heard Monday by the town's Board of Zoning Appeals.

Another commercial facility has been proposed about a mile away from the Boulevard Square project.

The Shoppes on the Boulevard is planned for property on U.S. 41 south of Woodhollow Drive.

Plans presented to the town call for the existing building on the property to be demolished to make way for a new building that can house five to 11 businesses.

Josh Halpern, who is pursuing the Shoppes on the Boulevard, said the project remains in the early stages. He said he wasn't yet ready to provide an update about the development.

The town has granted multiple approvals for the project, including several variance of use requests.

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