The civic center opened three decades ago around the time the much larger Allstate Arena did in Rosemont, but never packed in the same crowds. Taxpayer subsidies kept the lights on, and the facility broke even last year after expenses were slashed by 30 percent.
Gary’s modest skyline will get a little shorter when the former Sheraton hotel — the fourth-tallest building in the city — comes down after sitting empty for decades, whenever the drawn-out asbestos issue finally gets resolved. The 14-story building with the skywalk that never quite reached …
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