MUNSTER - A new mixed-use development is bringing a School of Rock music institution, a Hyatt Place hotel and new retail shops to Munster. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report plans for Maple Leaf Crossing also call for shipping container architecture that would house 10 to 12 businesses. 

Developer Jay Lieser of 1st Metropolitan Builders told the publication  the nearly $40 million development at the northwest corner of Calumet Avenue and 45th Street will also feature a walkable campus, extend the Monon Trail to connect it to the Pennsy Greenway Trail and a sculpture made with I-beams from the demolished Munster Business Complex as a nod to the region's industrial heritage.

"I'm local. I've had three boys go through the Munster schools," Lieser told the Times. "I take pride in the community and want a development with architectural aesthetics everyone can be proud of."

Lieser says he plans to have some of the new businesses open as early as 2020.

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