Entrepreneur wins Merrillville BZA backing for dine-in restaurant
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent August 29, 2013 12:59PM
Updated: August 29, 2013 1:10PM
MERRILLVILLE — The former site of a Christian bookstore that has been vacant for more than one year could soon become the new home of a dine-in restaurant specializing in wraps and sandwiches.
Juanice Brown received Board of Zoning Appeals’ approval Wednesday to have a dine-in restaurant at 5524 Broadway.
Brown is already operating her Wrap City and Mel’s Dine In at that location as a carryout-only restaurant as she awaits necessary approvals to include inside dining. She still needs the Town Council’s approval.
Zoning director Dorinda Gregor said special exception approval is needed for the dine-in portion since the building has been vacant more than 180 days.
Brown told the BZA she has owned restaurants before and recently relocated her business from Grant Street in Gary.
“I was looking for location, location, location to increase my business,” she said.
Gregor said the restaurant has already passed a fire inspection.
In other matters, Dennis and Lory Zurawski, of 5925 Hendricks St., received permission to build a second detached garage that will be 1,260 square feet on their 3-acre property.
Lory Zurawski said she’s handicapped and it will be easier for her to walk 10 feet to the site of the new garage than the almost 300 feet she now has to walk to get to the Quonset hut where the vehicles are now stored.
The garage will be used to store the owner’s personal and antique vehicles.
The Zurawskis said the Quonset hut, which has been there since 1957, will remain and the entire driveway will be paved.
The board also approved a variance allowing Juan Caudra to install an above-ground swimming pool in what is considered his side yard, with the stipulation that a fence be installed around the side and rear yard. Caudra plans to put in a 15-foot pool at his home at 1402 W. 83rd Ave.