New Merrillville Building Could House 6 Football Fields

The Region’s first 1 million-square-foot building is underway at the Silos at Sanders Farm. The building is so large that six football fields would fit inside. From a press release that the town released today: Precast wall panels are being erected for the speculative building that’s being developed by Crow Holdings. “We’ve never seen anything like that in Merrillville in the last 50 years,” Town Councilman Shawn Pettit said of the 1 million-square-foot speculative building. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime type of project, it really is.”

Crow Holdings is on schedule to deliver the completed building this October. Town officials broke ground in August last year for the Silos at Sanders Farm, and the development represents a $225 million investment in Merrillville. The developer continues making progress with many aspects of the 196-acre Silos at Sanders business park, which is located between 93rd and 101st avenues in Merrillville.

An example image of what the building may look like upon completion.

Five buildings are planned for the site, said Matt Kurucz, the Managing Director of the Industrial Group of Crow Holdings. “Our first building in the business park will deliver and be ready for occupancy in late -April,” Kuruczsaid of the 263,500-square-foot speculative facility. “Leasing interest is strong and we look forward to bringing another great business or businesses to Merrillville this year,” Kurucz said. Crow Holdings is also making great strides in installing the nearly $30 million in new public infrastructure associated with the Silos at Sanders Farm. That includes Mississippi Street improvements, new water and sewer extensions, a sanitary lift station, a new regional NIPSCO electrical substation, and more.

“It’s a huge win for the town,” Pettit said of the Silos at Sanders Farm. “I can’t speak highly enough about Crow Holdings. They do exactly what they say they’re going to do, to the letter.” The Silos at Sanders Farm is expected to bring a multitude of benefits to the area for many years to come.

“The economic impact to our community will be huge, creating over 500 permanent jobs, new tax dollars, as well as attracting new residents and businesses to the community,” Merrillville Economic Development Director AngieChilcott said. “This project will play a major role in establishing the Town of Merrillville as a viable and competitive option to the Chicagoland market.”

From Rick Bella

I am so pleased to see Merrillville growing responsibly throughout the town with a variety of commercial and residential developments. These projects create temporary construction jobs and upon completion create permanent high-paying jobs for Merrillville residents as well as the entire region. Merrillville is working… and why these developers are choosing our town. I look forward to keeping the momentum in Merrillville. -Rick Bella, Ward 5 Councilman and Town Council President

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