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AJ's Pizza to build across from Hilton

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First it was Culverís to take the plunge at Coffee Creek Center, behind the Speedway gas station and across the street from the Hilton Garden Inn and the Bob Evans.

Now itís AJís Pizza, which is currently seeking approval of a stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) for construction of a new restaurant immediately east of the Speedway, at the intersection of Gateway Blvd. and Matson Drive.

So MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala reported at the Stormwater Management Boardís meeting on Monday evening.

The poplar AJís, located at 150 E. U.S. Highway 6 in unincorporated Liberty Township, has been serving pizza since 1982, according to its website.

Meanwhile, Culverís has broken ground on its new restaurant on a site immediately north of the Speedway.

Also in the early stages of construction, Gadzala reported on Monday: Stone Meadows, a 25-lot single-family subdivision located on the site of the old Victory Park, on the south side of 1100N roughly across the street from Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

11th Street Lift Station

In other business, Associate Town Engineer Chris Nesper reported that general contractor G.E. Marshall of Valparaiso has finished work on the stormwater lift station which will drain a flood-prone alley in the area of 11th Street and West Porter Ave.

The lift station is not yet connected to electric, Nesper said, and Town Engineer Mark OíDell is currently working with NIPSCO to arrange a hook-up.

But in a heavy rain event, Nesper added, the lift station could be operated with the assistance of a portable generator.

G.E. Marshallís won the contract for the job with a low bid of $153,920.

The lift station is similar to the one which now drains the alley behind Valís Famous Pizza & Grinders at 11th Street and Broadway. Both lift stations pump runoff to a stormwater sewer on Lincoln Ave.

Fishing at the MEWE Fest

Meanwhile, Gadzala told the board that she will be teaching kids to fish at the first annual MEWE Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Coffee Creek Center.

ďIím going to be teaching kids how to fish and the importance of keeping the water clean for the fish,Ē Gadzala said.

The MEWE Fest is being held in partnership with the Duneland Family YMCA and the Discovery Charter School and is intended to promote the creation of a healthy environment and healthy people, with a how-to extravaganza in stress-freeness.



Posted 6/19/2014