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MUNSTER — Springhill Suites at Marriott is up and running to great reviews at Centennial Village along Calumet Avenue, and a new Pittsburgh-based restaurant chain, The Simple Greek, has leased a space in the commercial building directly north of the hotel.

Meanwhile, construction continues at Centennial Village, the new development which, along with the 45th Street rerouting, officials hope will transform the look of Calumet Avenue and Munster itself.

One of the most ambitious projects planned for the town in years, Centennial Village is envisioned as a new downtown area where locals can shop and dine as well as live in owner-occupied housing.

The development is at the former home of Munster Steel, which has since moved to Hammond. It is also a direct neighbor to the 45th Street underpass project, which not only will redirect traffic but also provide the area with a facelift and new recreational opportunities. The town is working with regional partners to build an underpass beneath the Canadian National Rail tracks which cross Calumet Avenue.

Once that project — expected to be years in the making — is completed, 45th Street east of Calumet Avenue will be realigned to meet with west 45th Street and thus reduce congestion at an intersection that is currently complicated not only by busy traffic and a road corridor that stops and starts, but also by an active rail line.

The road project itself includes a tunnel under the rail line and greenspace in what will be at that point the abandoned portion of East 45th. The Pennsy Greenway bike trail, an important component in expanding recreational opportunities not only in Munster but also Region-wide, will be redirected to west side of Clayhole Lake; bike path users going north will cross the lowered section of 45th via a bridge that will take them to the south side of the rail line and northwest to Calumet Avenue.

The reimagined 45th corridor will cut through the northern portion of Centennial Village, with the retail-residential quadrants to the south of the road, and the large-scale building also delineated in the developer’s plans to the north of it.

The Pennsy Greenway bike path will run east of the development, meaning its users will pass between Centennial Village and Clayhole Lake.

Last spring, the Munster Town Council approved development standards for Centennial Village and also agreed to expand liquor license opportunities to help attract restaurants to the area.

Developers have specified a likely seven-year timeline for the project. Centennial is divided into four sections, or quadrants, the first of which has been under development since the construction of Springhill Suites at Marriott first broke ground. On the northwest side of this quadrant, itself located in the southwest side of the project; is the 8,000-square-foot retail building which is meant to include both shops and restaurants.