Development eyed along NW Ind.'s Little Calumet R.

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana river once regarded as little more than a polluted eyesore could become flanked by shops, restaurants and other developments.

The (Munster) Times reports (http://bit.ly/1e2zTyk ) a three-decade-long, $275 million levee project is expected to open up 1,500 acres of once-marginal land near the Little Calumet River for economic development. Much of the affected land is along the Interstate 80/94 corridor and would have been considered prime real estate years ago were it not in a flood zone.

A new brewpub, restaurants and other shops are planned near the river in Hammond, and other communities the river cuts through are eying its potential. One town official said the waterway could be cleaned and redeveloped the way the Cuyahoga River was in Cleveland.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com

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