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Curtain rises on Highland's future with renovated Town Theatre
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Curtain rises on Highland's future with renovated Town Theatre

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HIGHLAND | Highland's plans and dreams for the next five years range from a renovated Town Theatre, expanded Lincoln Center and the roads that run around them.

"We have a laundry list of current and future projects that are either underway or we are gathering information on to determine their feasibility," said 2014 Town Council President Dan Vassar, D-3rd.

Currently under construction is a state-of-the-art police station that should open for business this fall, Vassar said.

The dilapidated Town Theatre will also achieve top notch status following the council's creation of a board of directors and subcommittees to renovate the historic building.

Another goal is for the updated theater to springboard the area west of it into an arts district, Vassar said.

A successful business façade improvement program will continue for the downtown buildings nearby.

The town also plans to build a new wastewater storage tank at the north end of town, said Council Vice President Bernie Zemen, D-1st.

"(This is) to help us not go over our limit of what is sent to Hammond."

This EPA mandated project will also help with flood relief, Vassar added.

"We are continuing our highly successful street paving program and look to resurface more streets this spring (and) summer," Vassar said.

This includes Kennedy Avenue, between 45th Street and Highway Avenue, which will include a new water main project.

The town also would like to buy a new safety rescue truck, equip crosswalks with pedestrian countdowns and improve the intersection at Fifth and 45th streets, said current Council President Mark Herak, I-2nd.

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