WALKABLE USA Documentary Re-Airs in March


CATEGORY: News, Speck

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the Department of Planning and Development are pleased to announce the re-airing of WALKABLE USA, a documentary over four years in the making, focusing on the revitalization of downtown Hammond, Indiana. “The downtown part of our city is so important for our psyche in Hammond,” said Mayor McDermott. “If we expect our downtown to …

WALKABLE USA Documentary Released in Downtown Hammond, IN


CATEGORY: News, Speck

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the Department of Planning and Development are pleased to announce that premier network broadcast of WALKABLE USA, a documentary over four years in the making, focusing on the revitalization of downtown Hammond, Indiana. “The downtown part of our city is so important for our psyche in Hammond,” said Mayor McDermott. “If we expect our …

Jacobs Square Infill Housing RFP’s Due January 16th


CATEGORY: Economic Development, News, Speck

Jacobs Square, a compact neighborhood identified by urban designer Jeff Speck in Hammond’s recent Downtown Masterplan, is ripe for revitalization. The City of Hammond and the Hammond Department of Development have released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for infill housing in this centrally located neighborhood. 19 different sites have been identified for new single family homes and duplexes. These new …

$24m Residential Development in Downtown Hammond


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

The City of Hammond and NWI Hohman LLC celebrate new adaptive reuse residential development Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the Hammond Redevelopment Commission are pleased to announce the approval of a development agreement with NWI Hohman LLC to redevelopment the iconic Bank Calumet building at 5231 Hohman Ave in downtown Hammond into 100 market rate apartments and 10,000sf of …

New $25m Residential Development in Downtown Hammond


CATEGORY: News, Speck

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the Hammond Redevelopment Commission are pleased to announce the approval of a development agreement with ATG Real Estate to build 208 market rate apartments in downtown Hammond. Along with this development, there will be new commercial and retail space and a brand-new plaza at the corner of a newly designed Rimbach Street and Hohman …

Hammond moves ahead with Rimbach Plaza project


CATEGORY: Economic Development, News, Speck

Hammond is moving forward with the new downtown plaza planned for Hohman Avenue. A central element of the much-anticipated Hammond downtown redevelopment involves moving the “Rotunda Fountain” from its current perch at 5230 Hohman Ave. The city is straightening out the swoop that curves Rimbach Street, aligning it with Fayette Street. The realignment will discourage speeding and facilitate the creation …

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.