Hobart, Merrillville Ponder Partnership

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The $350 million Farm at Crossroad Commons development would include hotel, restaurant, office and residential space. The $350 million Farm at Crossroad Commons development would include hotel, restaurant, office and residential space.

Leaders from the city of Hobart and town of Merrillville are looking to collaborate on an economic growth plan. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the communities could work together on projects including a casino, convention center and a massive mixed-use development proposed for the former Radisson Hotel and Star Plaza Theatre site.

The Hobart City Council adopted a resolution last week stating that those projects together could create an "economic juggernaut" with a significant impact on the region.

The centerpiece of the collaboration would be The Farm at Crossroads Commons. Last month, Merrillville-based White Lodging announced plans for the $350 million mixed-use development in the city. The concept would include four hotels, office and residential space, farm-to-table restaurants and a farm and year-round greenhouse.

The publication says Illinois-based Tri-Land Properties Inc. has also floated plans to build a convention center at Century Plaza in Merrillville. And, while community leaders have not yet said anything specifically, they could consider making a run at a casino license that could become available with Gary's plans to relocate the Majestic Star Casino.

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