ST. JOHN - A more than 20-acre development in Lake County is moving forward. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the St. John Plan Commission has given its approval for the project, which is expected to cost up to $35 million to develop over five years.

The commercial development, located near U.S. 41 and 96th Place in St. John, is being developed by Bruce Boyer. The project will include four main lots, including one six-acre lot for an anchor store, and three outlots along U.S. 41, according to the publication. 

The commission approved the project by a vote of 5-1. The only opposing vote came from commissioner Robert Birlson, who wanted to wait for a determination from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management regarding impact on potential wetlands on the site. 

Work on the project is expected to begin before the end of the year. That will include the demolition of buildings in the planned right-of-way from U.S. 41 to Joliet Street.