By Associated Press - Monday, October 13, 2014

GARY, Ind. (AP) - The street in front of Gary’s City Hall will be closed for much of this week so demolition work can be done on a 12-story hotel that once was a symbol of a northwestern Indiana city’s hopes for turnaround.

The 300-room hotel opened in 1968 as a Holiday Inn and later was purchased by Sheraton. It has been closed since 1985.

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson made a campaign promise to tear it down, saying the sight of the tallest building downtown sitting empty sent a poor message to people passing by on the Indiana Toll Road.

City officials say Broadway will be closed in both directions between Fourth and Fifth avenues from 6 a.m. Tuesday until 7 p.m. Friday.

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