Of­fi­cial: Na­tional fur­ni­ture store com­ing to High­land shop­ping cen­ter

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - News - By Michelle L. Quinn Post-Tri­bune Michelle L. Quinn is a free­lance re­porter.

A na­tion­ally known fur­ni­ture store is com­ing back to U.S. Route 41 this spring, this time in High­land, of­fi­cials said Mon­day.

Build­ing Com­mis­sioner Ken Mika told the High­land Town Coun­cil at its Mon­day night meet­ing that Ash­ley Fur­ni­ture HomeS­tore, for­merly of 1516 U.S 41 in Scher­erville, has sub­mit­ted a build­ing per­mit for the HHGregg build­ing at 10135 In­di­anapo­lis Blvd. in the High­land Grove Shop­ping Cen­ter. He said he’d just re­ceived the per­mit Mon­day and hadn’t had a chance to parse out the de­tails, but in­te­rior and mi­nor ex­te­rior re­mod­el­ing should take about three months to com­plete.

Ash­ley HomeS­tore liq­ui­dated its Scher­erville lo­ca­tion in 2017 but has a store in Mer­ril­lville on U.S. Route 30.

High­land will also con­tinue its search for a new home for the town garage, Town Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Mark Herak said when a res­i­dent asked about it. The orig­i­nal plan for the new struc­ture be­came un­fea­si­ble, Herak said, so the town will con­tinue to look for a new place and will even­tu­ally de­velop the area in which the garage sits, on the east side of Kennedy Av­enue across the Lit­tle Calumet River from Ham­mond’s Oxbow Land­ing de­vel­op­ment.

“We get in­quiries all the time. That land on Kennedy Av­enue is a prime prop­erty,” Herak said.

In other busi­ness, the town voted unan­i­mously to award NIES Engineering of Ham­mond a con­tract not to ex­ceed $90,000 for ser­vices dur­ing con­struc­tion and util­ity im­prove­ments for the Car­di­nal Cam­pus project. The project will see an un­der­ground stormwa­ter re­ten­tion sys­tem built that will in­clude 4-, 6- and 8-inch-di­am­e­ter storm sew­ers; 20,000 tons of open-graded stone with liner; an 8-inch-di­am­e­ter san­i­tary sewer and 8-inch wa­ter main, ac­cord­ing to NIES prin­ci­pal Derek Sny­der.

The con­tract will be paid through the $5.8 mil­lion bond the town ap­proved in June.

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