Shops on Main in Schererville should break ground in April
By Michelle l. Quinn Post-Tribune correspondent February 18, 2013 9:52PM
Updated: February 19, 2013 9:19AM
SCHERERVILLE — The long-awaited Shops on Main at last cleared the first hurdle that will allow it to break ground April.
The Plan Commission unanimously recommended at a special plan commission meeting the development’s requested zone change to C-3 planned-use development from C-3 highway commercial. It also granted primary approval to subdivide with waivers the 35-acre property.
Shops on Main developer Bruce Boyer laid out his plan to the commission and said at least five of the buildings – including the anchor building, which will include five stores between 10,000 square feet and 50,000 square feet apiece will be finished during phase one of the project. The development’s parking, as well as road improvements to U.S. 41 and Main Street, will be completed during the first phase, as will the development’s utilities.
Citing confidentiality, Boyer remained mum as to the tenants that will be moving in, although he did say he has commitments. Written into the plan, however, was a specification for “auto-parts sales” as the town’s ordinances don’t directly address the type of sales for which he’s looking.
The zoning and primary plat approval under way solidifies those commitments, so Boyer said he hopes to announce them when he breaks ground.
“This is just the first step, but we couldn’t do anything without this,” Boyer said. “It’s been a long process, and I hope the Town Council approves the favorable recommendation.”
Second Ward Councilman Kevin Connelly, in whose ward the development sits, doesn’t think approval will be an issue.
“There’s nothing like this in this area; it’s real 21st century construction,” Connelly said. “People will care how it looks, and they’ll care about the traffic, but they really want to know who’s coming, and I think they’re going to be pleased.”
Commission President Tom Anderson, who was on the commission when the idea came before it in 2006, is also pleased.
“It’s nice to see it come to fruition and finally be what we hoped,” Anderson said.
The Town Council will take up the matter at a joint Economic Development, Redevelopment Commission and Town Council meeting at 6 p.m. on March 6.