Hotel developer plans $356M project at busy Indiana interchange

A company that owns or operates dozens of hotels around the country is planning a $356 million mixed-use development along one of northwestern Indiana's busiest highway interchanges.

White Lodging announced Tuesday that 40 acres at the Interstate 65 and U.S. 30 interchange in Merrillville would be redeveloped to include an event center, hotels, restaurants, an office building and housing.

The Farm at Crossroad Commons would replace White Lodging's former Radisson Hotel and Star Plaza Theatre, and a still-standing office complex, The Times of Northwest Indiana reported. The Radisson was torn down in 2017 and the Star Plaza was razed this summer.

The Merrillville-based company said it will cover two-thirds of the project's cost. It's asking municipal, county and state governments to contribute the remaining third.

White Lodging Chairman Bruce White said the project "will serve as a long-standing anchor for economic development" in the region.

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