The city has approved paying $30,500 to demolish three Columbus houses, the first to be torn down through a blight-elimination program supported by state grants.
The demolitions are part of the Indiana Blight Elimination Program, which awarded the city $760,000 in August 2014 to purchase homes deemed necessary to demolish.
The program is unique in that the city uses grant funds to pay the homeowner a nominal amount for the value of the home while allowing the city to retain ownership of the land, said Robin Hilber, programs coordinator for the city’s community development department.
A lot can happen in two years. Except, it seems, when federal funding is attached to a project.Last week Howard County reached a milestone in blight elimination. The county commissioners awarded a bid of $12,900 to City of First Excavating and Demo to bring down a dilapidated home located at 3315 W. 50 S. The move marks the first instance of the county tapping its $72,000 blight elimination grant funding, which was awarded in 2014.
County officials claim the delay in grant use isn’t for a lack of trying.
ANDERSON — Two county housing developments in Anderson and Elwood received state Rental Housing Tax Credits to provide low-income housing.
The Fieldhouse Apartments, a $12.2 million development at the Wigwam complex, were awarded a little over $1 million in tax credits and another $765,000 in housing trust funds through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.
Two Greene County communities will get some housing upgrades with the help of the recently announced Rental Housing Tax Credit allocations.
According to a press release issued by the office of Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, 24 Meadowlark Apartments in Bloomfield will be getting upgrades and some of the blight elimination program (BEP) properties in Linton will soon have eight houses sitting on them.
LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) — Logansport officials are dealing with a setback in their efforts to redevelop a downtown building and add 70 housing units to the city.
The plan was to redevelop the Logan Square building at the corner of Third Street and East Broadway.
Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell announced Thursday the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority Board denied a tax credit request for the project.
Kitchell said the tax credits would have also provided funding for the construction of 30 town houses on Yorktown Road and homes that were cleared as part of the city’s Blight Elimination Program.
INDIANAPOLIS -The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority has awarded nearly $14 million in Rental Housing Tax Credits and nearly $6 million in additional funding to support 16 multi-family housing developments throughout the state. The funding will be used for projects including new construction and preservation of historic buildings.
CAMBRIDGE CITY — The town of Cambridge City will not continue to participate in the Blight Elimination program through the state of Indiana.
Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham is looking ahead to 2018 and has the goal of the city becoming a Stellar Community.
He spoke before a crowded meeting room at the Brazil Family Restaurant on Wednesday.
Information from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) web page states, “The Stellar Communities Designation Program is a multi-agency partnership designed to recognize Indiana’s smaller communities that have identified comprehensive community and economic development projects and activities as well as next steps and key partnerships. Through annual designation the Stellar Partners work to provide state resources to stimulate local economic activity and to promote sustainability throughout Indiana.
Richmond's Blight Elimination Program recently received a $254,000 grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, allowing the city to demolish an additional 11 houses, according to City Planner Sarah Mitchell.
The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) has awarded the City of Marion $161,000 more in Blight Elimination Program (BEP) funds to help with demolishing vacant and deteriorating properties this year.
According to Brad Meadows, marketing and communications director at the IHCDA, the supplemental funds became available after certain Indiana communities relinquished some of their previously awarded BEP funds.