Na­tional tire store com­ing to Mer­ril­lville

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - News - By Karen Caf­farini Post-Tri­bune Karen Caf­farini is a free­lance re­porter for the Post-Tri­bune.

A tire store is look­ing to move into the former Mer­ril­lville Fire­place and Pa­tio lo­ca­tion at 8200 Louisiana St.

Belle Tire, a chain with 125 stores, re­ceived spe­cial-ex­cep­tion ap­proval Oct. 24 from the Mer­ril­lville Board of Zon­ing Ap­peals for tire sales and ser­vice.

Ac­cord­ing to Belle Tire rep­re­sen­ta­tive Christo­pher En­right, the store will have 10 bays of­fer­ing such re­pair ser­vices as shocks and align­ment and also will sell tires and auto parts.

It will em­ploy 10 to 15 full-time work­ers.

En­right said there would be a vis­ual buf­fer be­tween the shop and the ad­ja­cent ho­tel.

“There’s a 13- to 14-foot break be­tween us and the ho­tel. We’ll put land­scap­ing there,” he said.

Coun­cil mem­ber Shawn Pet­tit, D-6th, told En­right the com­pany would have to in­stall a se­cu­rity cam­era un­der a new town or­di­nance.

In other mat­ters, Brian Dilosa was given spe­cial ex­cep­tion ap­proval to have a church min­istry, the Truth Seek­ers Min­istry, in a suite at 1205 W. Lin­coln High­way.

Zon­ing di­rec­tor Sheila Shine said an­other church was pre­vi­ously lo­cated in the 2,200- square -foot space, lo­cated be­tween an Arthur Mur­ray dance school and a day care cen­ter.

Dilosa said the church has about 50 mem­bers who would meet at the site on Wed­nes­days, Fri­days and Sun­days only.

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