We're inching closer to demolition of the former Sheraton Hotel in Gary. By October, if the project is on schedule, the building will be gone.
GARY | In about a week, city officials say residents will start to notice progress on one of Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson's campaign promises: the demolition of the Sheraton Hotel.
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson has a lot of challenges within her city. But her vision doesn't stop at the city limits.
Gary's Genesis Convention Center is poorly suited for large conventions. There's no hotel nearby, and the husk of the former Sheraton Hotel stands as a reminder of the past failure to have a hotel and the Genesis Center be symbiotic.
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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The husk of the former Sheraton Hotel is a tall shadow of urban decay looming over the adjacent Gary City Hall. That hotel must come down.
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Projects targeted for development in the region include the former Sheraton Hotel next to Gary's City Hall. "We want to get it down and create a green space," Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said of the building considered a longtime eyesore in her city.
Life’s changes often play to mixed reviews. Most of us embrace changes that result in positive outcomes.
The former Sheraton Hotel downtown has been vacant for more than two decades, and Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson has pledged to tear it down by June 30. Developers attempted to re-open the hotel and convert it to senior housing.
It is difficult to forget the image of President Ronald Reagan standing at Brandenburg Gate in West Germany near the end of the Cold War with the Soviet Union and saying, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." The wall came down, and a new era began.
Plans and financing for demolishing the derelict Sheraton hotel in downtown Gary are firming up and city officials are now hopeful it can be done in the first six months of next year.
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson was wise to include a "you are here" orientation in her State of the City address Thursday.
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