Griffith a great place to live, work or visit

2013-01-27T00:00:00Z 2013-01-28T08:32:04Z Griffith a great place to live, work or visitBy George Jerome Griffith clerk-treasurer
January 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

There are a number of things that make Griffith a great place to live, work or visit.

A variety of housing options make Griffith ideal for singles, newlyweds and families of all sizes and ages.

It is sometimes said that people don’t move out of Griffith; they just move to another house in town. There is truth to that statement. Griffith boasts many multi-generation families. Part of the reason is the variety of housing options, from rental units to starter homes to newer townhomes to larger, more expensive homes. If you live in Griffith, you like to stay in Griffith. The variety of housing options let you do that.

Griffith has a fast turnover when homes are listed for sale. About 25 percent of Griffith homes that are listed with a Realtor sell within 30 days of being listed. More than 80 percent sell within 90 days.

The things that keep people in town are the same things that prompt them to move here: good schools, a friendly community, great parks and a variety of activities for all ages.

Our senior center, the YMCA at the Franklin Center, historical society, fraternal and volunteer organizations, along with churches, provide places for people to meet and participate in the community.

Residents and visitors alike enjoy Griffith’s varied activities.

Music lovers find Griffith the place to be for entertainment. In the summer, musical groups entertain weekly in Central Park. The Northwest Indiana Symphony’s performance under the stars is a highlight of the summer. The musical season wraps up Labor Day weekend with the Rock ‘n Rail Car Show and Street Festival.

The annual Park Full of Art offers fine art for sale, while craft lovers enjoy crafts and food at the Fall Craft Fair.

Enjoy railroads? The annual Railroad Days sponsored by the Griffith Historical Society offers a glimpse of Griffith’s railroading past. While you’re in town, visit the Hi-Rail Modular Train Club’s layout in the lower level of The Franklin Center.

About the time school starts, St. Mary’s Church celebrates with its annual Western Days Festival. New this year, there will be an Open Air Market in Central Park on Friday evenings.

Whatever you like to do, you’ll find Griffith is the place to do it.

Play volleyball or watch a ball game; bring a blanket or chair to picnic or just relax in the shade of an oak tree. When weather permits, enjoy ice skating in Central Park. Walk, jog, rollerblade or bike our section of the Erie Lackawanna Bike Trail or stroll downtown and discover some of our unique shops on Broad Street.

Griffith is on the move. Broad Street has been rebuilt and many businesses are renovating their buildings inside and out with help from the Griffith Redevelopment Commission and the Canadian National Railroad. Distressed properties have been purchased and demolished, with the property being made available for future development.

Whether you’re looking for a place to live, locate a business or just enjoy yourself, Griffith is the place to be.

George Jerome is Griffith's clerk-treasurer. The opinion is the writer's.

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