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updated: 7/18/2014 6:44 AM

Gary officials plan discussion on development

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GARY, Ind. -- Demolition of a 12-story Gary hotel that has become an eyesore is scheduled to begin July 26, on the eve of a discussion on development.

City officials made the announcement Thursday.

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The demolition is part of the "Strong Cities, Strong Communities" initiative. As part of project, officials from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency and other groups will lead a two-day symposium on economic development and related issues July 22-23 at the Genesis Convention Center.

The former Sheraton Hotel has sat vacant for nearly 30 years. The building opened as a Holiday Inn in 1971 and closed after four years. It reopened in 1979 as the Sheraton Hotel and closed again in 1985.

The demolition is expected to cost $1.8 million.

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