By Brad Edwards

(CBS) – For years, it was the poster child of big city blight: Gary’s former Sheraton hotel.

Now that the building — in recent years, empty and falling apart — has been demolished, what’s next?

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CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports on a White House task force meeting to help figure out the site’s future.

If there were ever a structure that spoke of a place’s promise and peril, it was the Gary Sheraton.

For years it dogged the skyline. Its first incarnation, in 1968, was as a 300-room, 14-story gem. The beautifully appointed rooms, in another incarnation, went for $30 a night.

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More recently, it cost $1.2 million to raze.

Among the ideas for a replacement, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says, are a community garden; a “splash pad” and ice rink; an outdoor theater; and a walking path.

The goal is for something to happen in six to 12 months. The lot is city-owned now, and the mayor says it would take an extraordinary plan with full financing for Gary to sell the property.

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For images of the Sheraton before it was completely cleared, visit Christopher Allen’s Flickr page.

Brad Edwards