Hammond moves ahead with Rimbach Plaza project

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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 of Rimbach Plaza, the outdoor gathering space where the Rotunda Fountain will ultimately land.

The plaza will sit in front of an estimated 208-unit apartment complex planned for an underutilized parking lot off Hohman. While Hammond Director of Economic Development Anne Anderson said the complex is still in the "development agreement phase," the city is already envisioning a bottom floor filled with retail.

In preparation for the development, the Hammond Common Council passed an ordinance reclassifying the rotunda's current location, currently zoned S-1, Sculpture, to C-3, Central Business District, during a Monday night meeting.

The rotunda's final location will be ...

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