A Merrillville committee Friday recommended that 10-year property tax abatements be granted for a new 208,000-square-foot warehouse to be constructed at the Ameriplex at the Crossroads, bringing in in about 50 new jobs, and a longtime auto dealership in town that is looking to move and remodel.

The Ameriplex development, dubbed Project Axel by the town, will be developed by Crow Holdings International of Chicago on about 22 acres of vacant land in the tech park, according to Sean Andrews, an associate with Crow Holdings.

Town Manager Patrick Reardon said the project would cost about $21.5 million and would provide some 200 temporary construction jobs over a 12-month period.

Reardon said the project first came to the town in March 2019 through the Lake County Economic Alliance and the Indiana Economic Development Commission.

Andrews said 45% of the building has already been leased to one company. While not naming the company at this time, Andrews said it’s a major truck and auto parts distributor in the Midwest.

“They will relocate and expand their headquarter offices and warehouse to Merrillville,” Andrews said.
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