October 5, 2018
White Lodging unveiled plans for a more than $350-million transformation of a site in Merrillville, IN where its hospitality origins began in Northwest Indiana. The concept, The Farm at Crossroad Commons, is inspired by Indiana’s agricultural heritage and well-known moniker as the Crossroads of America.
The 40-acre mixed-use redevelopment at the corner of U.S. Highway 30 and Interstate 65 will support local and regional tourism and economic development. The centerpiece is a working education-based farm and greenhouse, a visitor’s center, and indoor-outdoor meeting and event center with more than 104,500 square feet of flexible space.
Also planned are four hotels with 520 guestrooms, a microbrewery, distillery, two restaurants, an art gallery and a 100,000-square-foot office building, among other features.
White Lodging’s Bruce White says, “This project will serve as a long-standing anchor for economic development and a true transformational destination for visitors to the region – just as the Radisson and Star Plaza Theatre did for so many years.”
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