HUD Chief Visits Gary, Sheraton Hotel Demolition Site

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August 21, 2014 — The Associated Press —  New U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro is pledging to use federal clout to help revitalize the city of Gary.

Castro went to the Steel City yesterday morning and said its vacant downtown Sheraton Hotel has become a symbol of blight and must come down.  The “Post-Tribune” reported he spoke as a yellow excavator moved debris at the site.

His trip to Gary — and to Chicago later in the day — marked his first official visits to cities that benefit from HUD money.

Castro says he sees HUD “making investments to create partnerships, create jobs and (being) a catalyst in the urban core.”

The Lakeshore’s Steve Walsh talked with Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson before HUD Secretary Castro’s visit. Click here for that conversation: freeman wilson


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