Federal grants add $1.2M for housing, business development near South Shore stations

June 12, 2020

The South Shore Line’s new and existing stations will be centers of new housing and business development, if planning resulting from a new federal grant is successful.

The Federal Transit Administration has awarded the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation $1.2 million for transit-oriented development (TOD) around the South Shore Line’s existing stations and at new ones along the planned West Lake Corridor and Double Track projects.

NICTD, which runs the South Shore Line, will add $300,000, and the $1.5 million TOD process will be run by the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority.

“This grant really takes us to the next level, so we’ll be able to be more creative,” said Sherri Ziller, the RDA’s chief operating officer.

The goal, she said, is to encourage ideas from developers, including those who otherwise might have overlooked Northwest Indiana.

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