For ALDI, it’s
first things first. Build the grocery store on the site of the old Kmart on
Indian Boundary Road, then start thinking about the ancillary strip mall
which will be part of the development.
Chesterton Building Commissioner Mark O’Dell reported to the Town Council at
its meeting Monday night, given the fact that strip mall is a Phase II
proposition, ALDI is interested in knowing whether it may delay the
installation of the 170-foot sidewalk along Council Drive which will serve
the strip mall.
“They want to wait
until the rest of the site gets developed,” O’Dell told members.
Member Jim Ton,
R-1st, made it clear that he wants a great deal more information on the
sidewalk and the request to delay its installation before he’s prepared to
think about waiving--even temporarily--the Town Standard requiring a
sidewalk in front of all new construction. “I’d like to see that request in
writing,” Ton replied to O’Dell.
O’Dell promised to
pass that message along to the folks at ALDI.
Manager Bernie Doyle told the council that he should be receiving an update
on the scheduled groundbreaking of the ALDI store sometime next week. In
October, Doyle reported that ALDI is pursuing an aggressive timeline, with
work set to begin in the spring and be completed in the fall.
In other business,
O’Dell reported that Republic Services has bought the old Gaston’s Towing &
Auto Repair property at 1051 Wabash Ave.
will be constructing a new building on that site, with groundbreaking
probably in February or March, O’Dell said.
Christmas in the
Ton took a minute
on Monday to thank Park Superintendent Shane Griffin for the marvelous work
which he and his crew have done decorating the Downtown for the holidays.
“The Downtown looks
great,” Ton said. “It looks just great. Top job.”