Munster business wants to relocate to Valpo
By James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent January 16, 2013 12:06PM
Updated: February 19, 2013 1:55PM
VALPARAISO — The old Anco plant could see some new life, from a Munster furniture store that plans to move into the south section of the plant.
Amanda Snider, the owner of Home.n.clature on 45th Avenue in Munster, said she wants to relocate her business into the building within 60 to 90 days.
However, the city would like to see some work on behalf of new owners, CBRE Bradley of Michigan City.
At the Site Review Committee meeting on Tuesday, city officials said they want to see the fire sprinkler system brought up to code and the old water tower near the planned new Home.n.clature either removed or made safe.
There’s also a loading dock on the building Snider’s business will occupy, and if that’s shared with future businesses, the city wants a firewall separating Home.n.clature from the others using it.
The Valparaiso site will triple the amount of space she has for the high-end furniture and minor repair, restoration and reupholstering business.
Snider buys overstock, floor samples and scratch-and-dent furniture from high-end manufacturers to sell.
“We honestly feel that the Valpo market is a fit for our business,” she said. The city also embraces small businesses, she added.
Todd Dickard of CBRE Bradley said his company is collecting documentation about the building and trying to find out what exists in terms of plumbing and other structures, as well as tenants the company inherited.
Dickard said he would look into city officials’ concerns, including reports about people living in storage areas in the basement.
Also at the meeting, representatives of CVS pharmacy appeared with plans to move the store located south of U.S. 30 on Indiana 2 to the intersection of U.S. 30 and 2.
The earliest CVS could start building on the northeast corner of the intersection is when the lease for the current tenant — a bank — expires in September. Before construction might happen, though, the developers and city need to work out details, including the city’s new U.S. 30 standards.
“It’s going to be very difficult to lay this building out because of the grading and the shape of the property,” construction manager Craig Forgey said.
The thin property lies between South Street and U.S. 30 and has a 40-foot elevation change.
The city wants parking in the back, which Forgey said he is sure can be arranged.