St. John takes another step for riverfront district
The St. John Town Council is continuing to move forward with plans for a new riverfront district, according to our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana. The council has approved an ordinance to establish liquor licenses for the area with specific criteria outlined to obtain them.
The Lake County town approved the creation of the riverfront district last August as a means to obtain additional liquor licenses.
The new ordinance would create 10 additional licenses for the district, which covers about 25 acres of land west of U.S. 41. But while the licenses will be issued by the state, the council will determine which businesses are eligible for one.
As part of the district, the town aims to add a series of sit-down restaurants, and businesses must present a business plan and prove that a minimum of 51% of their sales came from food.
The majority of the vacant land in the district is owned by Schilling Development, which is headquartered in St. John. The council hopes to turn the area into a dining and entertainment destination.