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Woodmar Mall: Only a memory by November

Remains of former Woodmar Mall should be cleared by end of next month

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This story ran on nwitimes.com on Thursday, October 19, 2006

HAMMOND | Remains of the former Woodmar Mall should all be cleared away by the end of next month.

And the city is close to a final agreement with the property's owner for new commercial development of the site, Peter Novak Jr., executive director of planning and development, said Tuesday.

Hammond firm J M Construction and Wrecking will likely have the footprint of the building opened and all salvageable material removed by the end of November, Novak said.

Praedium Development Corp., of Northbrook, Ill., plans a new 100,000-square-foot Carson Pirie Scott store for the southwest corner of the property among other retail operations on the site, just west of Indianapolis Boulevard along 165th Street.

Once the new Carson is built, the old three-story facility will also be torn down.

Praedium principal George Markopoulos submitted what could be the final site plan for the development on Tuesday, Novak said.

The site plan must be accepted by the city's Planning Department and Redevelopment Commission as conforming with the official Woodmar Redevelopment Plan before work can start on the retail complex.

More than $30 million in private investment has been committed to the project, and the city is providing nearly $8 million for sewer, water and utility upgrades in the area, which includes the new Home Depot store in addition to the former shopping mall.

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