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Renovation planned for Merrillville dealership
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Renovation planned for Merrillville dealership

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MERRILLVILLE — The town's north end is expected to be enhanced as Shaver Preferred Motors is planning to invest more than $1 million in renovations to the dealership.

Shaver has been located at 5701 Broadway for decades, and it intends to expand into the former Levin Tire property that's adjacent to the dealership.

"They're really doing it to spruce up the business and make it look nice in the town and I think we should welcome it," Town Council President Rick Bella said.

The project calls for improvements to the former tire business to convert it into an indoor showroom and sales office for the dealership. Shaver's existing sales office is much smaller than the former Levin building, and it will be demolished.

Shaver is asking the town to grant a 10-year real estate property tax abatement for the improvements that will be completed.

The council has given initial approval of the requests and can finalize it later this month.

Town Manager Patrick Reardon said 20 jobs will be retained, and the project will create four new permanent positions.

Councilman Leonard White is supportive of the improvements, but indicated the employment opportunities being created there aren't as large as other projects that have received tax abatement.

White said the council needs to look out for the taxpayers, and the benefits projects provide to the community are important when considering abatement requests.

Bella said the significant investment in the north end of town is a large benefit, and he noted there are no guarantees that Shaver will see a return on its investment.

"It's really going to spruce up that area," Bella said of the project.

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