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Economic Development Commission steering St. John on its course of dynamic growth Financial stability and conservancy have long been part of St. John’s core values and a priority for the Town Council and the Economic Development Committee (EDC) and this is reflected in the many measures of the town’s financial standing and the success of the community. Currently, St. John, just 24 miles southeast of Chicago and known for its quiet neighborhoods, quality schools and churches, ranks as the 11th largest populated municipality in Lake County yet has the highest median income and median home value in 2015, at $96,631 and $260,961, respectively. St. John also has the highest percentage of owner-occupied housing units at 98% of all households. Construction of new homes exceeded expectations and remained strong last year with 323 new residential housing starts generating fees of $974,526, 66.02% more the budgeted amount. This year alone, St. John has received the following designations: • No. 1 safest place in Indiana as ranked by Safewise • 19th safest in the nation, also according to Safewise • 3rd best place in the state as ranked by HomeSnacks Shops 96: An Exciting New Project Adding to all that positive news, St. John’s newest shopping center – Shops 96, a Boyer Development – will be bringing new high-end shops, restaurants, and other attractions to the community. Boyer, a company well known for its addition to adjacent Schererville with Shops on Main at the southeast corner of U.S. Hwy. 41 and Main Street in Schererville, will be creating an attractive destination for residents and visitors. St. John’s Economic Development Council. of the St. John Open for Business brochures, reviewing several commercial developments and To prepare the site, Boyer’s providing recommendations to demolition of a vacant car wash and the Plan Commission such as the surrounding buildings is under way. proposed car condo development “The EDC is so overjoyed this project on U.S. 41, providing input and is under way,” says Fezler, noting feedback for the opportunity analysis that the Shops 96 development will study and studying the road impact continue in phases with phase one fee and participating in joint study sessions. They also assisted in starting very soon. providing insight from an economic development standpoint and adding Project Two: Next a new economic development tab Business Corridor to the town website to provide “Through our work on the information to the public regarding comprehensive Town Plan a couple contacts and properties. of years ago the EDC identified the Its future initiatives include next area of economic development issuing a townwide quarterly would come on the South end of newsletter to provide updates on town known as the 231 corridor,” economic development, furthering says Fezler, adding that In May, the communication efforts between Town Council approved funding for developers and residents, hosting the EDC to work on the project. another townwide survey to help “This project helps us identify land, ensure the EDC is looking to bring in land usage, economic growth businesses that the town’s residents needs, identify TIF districts, and so want and securing an updated video much more.” to showcase St. John’s business Part of EDC’s planning allows it growth. This is part of its efforts to to also identify the need for road establish St. John as a town open improvements needed for the for business that include conducting developments to ensure proper informative meetings for residents infrastructure is in place for years to to receive economic updates about the town. The commission also come. is gathering and analyzing data “In fact, we are already seeing one necessary to determine the next road improvement come to be commercial corridor to a build an with the addition of an intersection effective marketing plan for it. improvement at Cline Avenue and 231,” continues Fezler. “This much “The EDC takes pride in its volunteer needed road improvement will make efforts to help grow the business the intersection safer and ease the community,” says Fezler. “We flow of traffic in and out of town. The commit to identify needs and fill gaps EDC is very excited to continue to to meet the needs of the residents plan for future business development and our growing community. We for the residents. We know that also take pride in providing feedback ecommendations to the town careful advanced planning is the key and recommendations boar to building a wonderful community council and other boards where people want to live, work, and commissions in respect to economic shop, and play.” impacts.” Besides Fezler, the EDC comprises Vice President (retired) Rich Setlak, John DeYoung of DeYoung Interiors. Kelly Stoming of Peoples Bank, Bill Keith of Sunrise Solar and Randy Palmateer, Northwestern Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council. “Shops 96 will be located on U.S. 41, Wicker Avenue to the North of the Strack & Van Til and Target off of 96th and will redevelop business in the center of town,” says Gina Fezler, vice president, Treasury Management of First Financial Bank The commission’s recent in Schererville and president of accomplishments include creation Town of St. John 10955 W. 93rd Avenue, St. John, IN 46373 • 219-365-6465 •

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