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ALDI groundbreaking on track for spring of 2021

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There’s been no delay in the construction of the new ALDI grocery store on the site of the old Target on Indian Boundary Road.

Turns out, it just takes time to design, plan, and receive permitting for a big-box project.

As Chesterton Building Commissioner Mark O’Dell told the Town Council at its meeting Monday night, ALDI has submitted building and architectural plans and is working on signage and a stormwater prevention plan as well.

Groundbreaking is on target for spring 2021, which O’Dell said has always been the anticipated start date. He did say that the Building Department has received no plans yet for an ancillary strip mall expected to be developed as part of the ALDI project.

"The ALDI folks have a pretty aggressive schedule,” Town Manager Bernie Doyle added. “They plan to be done by fall.”


In related news, O’Dell said that the Building Department has issued a permit to the owner of the former Westchester Lanes bowling alley at 124 N. Eighth Street, where Vern Brown, operator of The Chesterton Brewery, is leasing space to open an artisan distillery.

At the moment, a three-hour firewall is being installed, separating the bowling alley--long since stripped out--from the lounge area. Brown will then retrofit the lounge area for the distillery itself. On the far side of the firewall, storage space will be rented for boats, RVs, jet skis, and the like.

Brown’s distillery is “going to be a good asset for the town, a good product,” O’Dell said.

Oh Gee Donuts

Finally, O’Dell announced that Oh Gee Donuts will soon be opening at 137 S. Calumet Road, in the space formerly occupied by The Octave Grill, since re-located to 105 S. Calumet Road.


In other business, Police Chief Dave Cincoski reminded folks that trick-or-treat has been scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.

Cincoski emphasized that residents who, for whatever reason, are not interested this year in distributing candy should turn off their exterior porch or house lights. And trick-or-treaters, for their part, should respect those wishes and under no circumstances approach a house whose porch light has been turned off, even if interior lights remain on.

All candy should be pre-packaged and store-bought. Trick-or-treaters should wear face masks, practice social-distancing, and not touch door knobs or handles.

Homeowners should, weather permitting, distribute candy outside their residences and wear face masks as well.


Posted 10/13/2020





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