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Eric Reaves, founder of the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District, died Thursday morning.


GARY – City of Gary Mayor Jerome A. Prince said in an emailed statement that Executive Director of Community Investment Eric Reaves died Thursday morning.

“As mayor, I will always be grateful for Eric’s dedication and commitment to reinventing Gary,” Prince said. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to his mother, son and siblings for their loss.”

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Reaves also served as chairman of the Gary Redevelopment Commission, which late last month had a failed deal with a Los Angeles-based tech company turned over to the Gary Common Council’s investigative committee.

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Reaves was one of the founders of the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District. He, among others, believed Lake Street in Gary could be revitalized through the arts, the organization said.

He facilitated the donation of the Marshall J. Gardner Center, a 6,000 square foot community art gallery, to the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District. It wasn’t uncommon to go there on a weekend morning and see Reaves setting up lights, mopping the floor, or making plans.

His actions inspired others to keep going and work harder, an email from the organization after Reaves’ death said.

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