Nearly-century-old bank tower to bring downtown-style apartments


CATEGORY: Economic Development, News, Speck

Generations of Region residents deposited paychecks, talked to mortgage lenders about making their home ownership dreams a reality and worked at the Bank Calumet building, a nine-story tower with an imposing limestone facade in downtown Hammond. The 112-foot-bank tower at 5231 Hohman Ave. has loomed over the downtown commercial district since it was built by immigrant craftsmen in 1924. The …

VIDEO: Walkable USA – Proof of Concept


CATEGORY: Speck

This is a work sample for the upcoming documentary film “Walkable USA” which chronicles the efforts of city planner Jeff Speck as he works with Hammond, Indiana to revitalize its downtown. The film is a production of House Painter Media, LLC in association with the Center for Independent Documentary. Donations towards the production of the film can be made here.

VIDEO: Downtown Hohman Avenue Redesign Presentation


CATEGORY: Economic Development, Events, Mayor's Office, Speck

Downtown Hohman Avenue Redesign Presentation


CATEGORY: Economic Development, Events, Mayor's Office, Speck

DetailsPlease join Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr., City of Hammond officials and American Structurepoint as they present the new design of Hohman Avenue in Downtown Hammond. From Sibley Street to Russell Street, this first phase of the Hohman Ave Rebuild Project with slow down speeding traffic and make our downtown more conducive for future development. Walkability is very important to …

Urban Land Institute Conducts Panel on Downtown Hammond


CATEGORY: Speck

In its third and final presentation on Hammond’s downtown master plan, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) encouraged the city to be bold and engage the community as it aims to makeover downtown. The city first unveiled its master plan for downtown Hammond in 2019, and since then a lot has changed, said Christopher Kurz, chair of the Hammond advisory panel. …

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr.

Northwest Indiana Offers Quality of Place


CATEGORY: Mayor's Office, News, Planning and Development, Speck

From Crain’s Chicago Business: “The City of Hammond, another Northwest Indiana community, commissioned a study on quality of place and is making improvements based on the results. Downtown Hammond had its challenges. It had beautiful urban multi-story buildings of granite and marble, but the area had been neglected. A walkability study was conducted in 2018 of downtown Hammond by an …

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr.

City of Hammond Announces Dynamic Downtown Development


CATEGORY: Mayor's Office, News, Planning and Development, Speck

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the Department of Planning and Development are pleased to announce that 18th Street Distillery continues to grow and expand in Downtown Hammond. They recently purchased a vacant mechanic garage building on Fayette Street and will fully rehab it into a new distillery and tasting room. Also included in the building will be two new, …

Build an urban sequel to A Christmas Story


CATEGORY: Speck

When I was sick with a bad cough in December, I watched A Christmas Story for the first time, and I laughed so hard that I could barely catch a breath for two hours. The story is based in the Rust Belt city of Hammond, Indiana, a satellite city of Chicago that has fallen on very hard times since the …

Nine keys to safe downtown streets


CATEGORY: Speck

Street life is dramatically impacted by the speed of vehicles. Whether they know it or not, most pedestrians understand in their bones that a person hit by a car going 35 mph is roughly seven times as likely to die than if the car is going 25 mph. Any community that is interested in street life—or human lives—must carefully consider …

Request for Proposal Released for Downtown Site


CATEGORY: Economic Development, News, Speck

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the City’s Department of Planning and Development have released a new and vibrant RFP for an important downtown Hammond site. The City of Hammond is requesting proposals for a brand new multi-use residential building that would house 200+ units, with retail and commercial on the ground level, complimenting a new active and welcoming plaza …