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Gary Mayor Flip-Flops on Train Station Project

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The mayor of Gary no longer supports the building of a new train station in his city because it’s not planned for downtown.

Developer Mark Titus says the city wasn’t going to have to pay a dime of the $56 million project to build a state-of-the-art depot for the South Shore train line. Gary Mayor Rudy Clay initially supported the project but is backing off because final plans call for the station to be two miles from downtown Gary. Clay, who just won re-election this week, predicts thousands will soon be living in downtown Gary despite its troubled history. That’s because of proposed residential and retail developments there. But developer Mark Titus isn’t so sure. And he’s not going to push Clay to take the train station.

TITUS: We can’t force somebody to take a project like this.

Titus says it will cost too much to move the project to downtown Gary and there’s no market for it. He may now look to relocate the train station project to a neighboring city like Hammond.

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