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Oxbow Landing lands new hotel, office complex and four new restaurants

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. touts the investment that has come to Oxbow Landing in Hammond.

From Northwest Indiana's urban core to the suburban communities, visible, tangible improvement can be found around nearly every corner in the Region.

It's a reminder of the development potential of the national crossroads in which we live — and a reason to be hopeful for the future.

On Wednesday, Times business reporter Joseph Pete detailed for readers how Hammond's decision to buy and tear down the River Park Apartments, located on the banks of the Calumet River, continues to pay dividends to the city and greater Region.

The city acquired the property a decade ago for $20 million and razed the crime-ridden apartment complex.

Since then, shrewd planners have lured more than $46 million in private investment to the site, including offices, hotels, a craft brewery and a Buffalo Wild Wings.

On Tuesday, Hammond welcomed a new $8.2 million Holiday Inn Express and broke ground on a $14 million project at Oxbow Landing at Kennedy Street and the Borman Expressway that will include an office building and four outlots for restaurants or retail.

The success doesn't stop in Hammond.

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A steady stream of groundbreakings and ongoing construction can be seen throughout Dyer, Schererville and St. John.

Big ideas and real projects continue to redefine Porter County as well.

And in the Lake County seat, Crown Point is three weeks into the demolition of the blighted Lake County Greenhouse, which stood as a apocalyptic eyesore for years along one of the city's main thoroughfares.

The site will be repurposed as a new Crown Point City Hall and public safety complex, contiguous with millions of dollars in development in the youth sportsplex.

Northwest Indiana is beginning to show what happens when past chips of perceived inferiority are shrugged clean of our shoulders, and real work and planning become the rule.

We all should be proud and clamor for this continued Region renaissance.

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Members of The Times Editorial Board are Publisher Christopher T. White, Editor Marc Chase, Deputy Editor Kerry Erickson, Regional News Editor Sharon Ross, Assistant Deputy Editor Andrew Steele.