Economic / Community Development
The Economic / Community Development Departments focus on strategies for both economic and quality of life enhancements to our community. The economic goal is to enable continued business development through programs directed at retention and attraction of business within the City to stimulate and maintain economic vitality. Quality of life will be addressed by continued creation of community amenities for our residents. Economic/Community Development works in collaboration with local Chamber of Commerce.
Community Development Director
Economic Development Resources:
Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission – NIRPC
Northern Indiana Public Service Company – NIPSCO
Northwest Indiana Forum
Across the City there are literally dozens of projects in the works that are directly related to Economic Development and Community Development. In this section of our web site, we will try to keep the most current information posted as related to each of the projects from the ground breaking through their completion.
- Revised June 2019
Commercial Development – New Businesses
The construction of the new Illiana Building has begun. When finished, we will have a new five-story mixed use building. There will be 4500 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, and thirty-two beautiful 2-bedroom apartments on the upper floors. At least 10 of these apartments are to be occupied by Calumet College foreign exchange students through a long-term lease agreement.
The Region Escape Room has opened for business at 1238 119th, while The Standard Taproom recently tapped their kegs at 1346 119th. The Region Escape Room will provide a venue for challenging entertainment, while The Standard Taproom will provide an extensive array of craft beers and a unique environment in which to enjoy them.
The demolition of properties purchased by the Redevelopment Commission continues in the Stadium District to create open space for future development. Additional demolitions of derelict or underutilized properties continue throughout the City. So please, don’t be alarmed—these demolitions are part of the plan!
Two buildable lots will soon be available for new home construction in the 1900 block of New York Avenue. This is the site of the former AMVETS Post. These lots will allow for the continuation of the construction and sales of fine quality homes along the 1900 block of New York Avenue. The project has also resulted in the recently constructed and owner-occupied home on the corner of New York & Steiber.
Mascot Hall of Fame
The Mascot Hall of Fame’s first induction ceremonies will be held on the weekend of June 14, 2019. The MHOF class of 2019 features Tommy Hawk (Chicago Blackhawks), Benny the Bull (Chicago Bulls), The Nittany Lion (Penn State University), and Slugerrr (Kansas City Royals). Festivities culminate on Sunday the 16th of June with the Mascot Hall of Fame Parade at 10am followed by The Official 2019 Induction Ceremony at 10:30am. For more info visit www.mascothalloffame.com.
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