The town of Schererville is hoping more liquor licenses will help spur development downtown by creating a new riverfront district. Our partners at Lakeshore Public Radio report the town council has voted to establish the district in an area adjacent to the Schererville Ditch.
Town manager Jim Gorman says creating the district is the first of many steps before the new liquor licenses can be issued. He says the process paves the way for additional liquor licenses for new restaurants.
“It would still go through the process of applying for a liquor license through the ATC, Alcohol and Tobacco Commission. And they will issue the licenses, but we will have the opportunity to approve those establishments on the board level here,” Gorman told council members.
Schererville’s riverfront district would include the north side of Joliet Street from U.S. 30 to Austin, with the Schererville Ditch serving as the “river.”
Lakeshore Public Radio says those proposed boundaries are scaled back significantly from the proposal presented last month, which would’ve included much of the north side of U.S. 30 and stretched all the way west to the border with Dyer.
Schererville is just the latest community to discuss liquor licenses in recent months. The town of St. John established its own riverfront district last year for the same purpose.
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