IN THE NEWS: Groundbreaking in Gary: "This is about changing lives"

(Northwest Indiana Times) Partners gathered in a vacant lot at 25th Avenue and Jackson Street Thursday morning to ceremoniously break ground on a new home project aimed at revitalizing the neighborhood as well as the city. "It’s more than building houses," Jeff Cardwell, special assistant to Gov. Mike Pence said. "This is about changing lives." Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said there had been a host of ideas discussed in the past for the area near 2300 Jackson Street where Michael Jackson and his famous siblings once lived. The previous ideas, Freeman-Wilson said, were "all sorts of big ideas, but no money." With this proposal, the mayor said she "immediately started to see that vision. What better way to honor the legacy of Michael Jackson and Katherine Jackson … than to really make this something we would be proud for tourists from all over the world to see."

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