Official: National furniture store coming to Highland shopping center
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.