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White Lodging Laying off 100 Workers

May 26, 2020

MERRILLVILLE - White Lodging is laying off 100 workers at it corporate headquarters in Merrillville.  

The "Times" reports the hospitality company told the Indiana Department of Workforce Development the layoffs will be permanent.

In a letter to the state of Indiana, Chief Human Resources Officer Michael Fischer said the layoffs are due to unforeseeable, dramatic and unprecedented downturn in business and occupancy arising from the coronavirus public health crisis.

Kale Wilk, The Times

On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on the East Chicago Fire Union Local No. 365 rally over work shift changes, a developer drops plans for a big Northwest Indiana project, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Lake County Councilman Charlie Brown. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…     

White Lodging

Today:   Merrillville Town Councilman and Plan Commission member Shawn Pettit is in the studio to talk about White Lodging's $350 million mixed-use development that is now called "The Farms at Crossroad Commons."  The company plans to build hotels, event spaces, restaurants and office space on the land at I-65 and U.S.

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Today:   On this Reporters' Roundtable, we talk with Andrew Steele of the "Times of Northwest Indiana" about his story of the White Lodging proposal to redevelop its property at I-65 and U.S. 30 into a "transformative" multi-use plan of hotels, event spaces, restaurants and office space -- among other uses.  Joseph Pete of the "Times" has several business stories he's put out in print and online.  And "Post-Tribune" reporters Meredith Colias-Pete and Carole Carlson join us to talk about their stories on education and community affairs.

Today: On this Reporters Roundtable, we call upon reporters from the "Times of Northwest Indiana" to talk about their stories:  Investigative Editor Marc Chase, education reporter Carmen McCollum, business reporter Joseph Pete and business and transportation reporter Andrew Steele.

Star Plaza Theatre

Today: a conversation with Speros Batistatos, President and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, on some summertime "stay-cation" ideas  -- making short trips to places here in northwest Indiana -- and his thoughts on the decision to close and demolish the Star Plaza Theatre after its final performances in December. 

White lodging has and announced the decision to demolish the historic Star Plaza theatre along with the adjacent Twin Towers. Lakeshore Public Radio's Dan Clark spoke with White Lodging spokeswoman  Felicia Joy about the decision.