MUNCIE, Ind. — Five down, hundreds to go.
After years of delays to begin using $4 million in federal blight removal funds, the city of Muncie has torn down the first five dilapidated houses of hundreds on its list to be demolished.
Gary will soon receive its second round of funding to address blighted areas throughout the city.
Recently, it was announced that the city would get $4.4 million from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s Blight Elimination Program’s $5.5 million allocation. Other cities receiving funding are East Chicago ($914,000) and Hammond ($268,000).
In 2014, Gary received $6.6 million to demolish abandoned properties in blighted areas. The city is close to completing the first phase of the project and requested the state apply the leftover money to the second phase of the project.
KOKOMO - The Kokomo Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved bids for the demolition of seven properties through the city’s Blight Elimination Program.
Overall, two bids were awarded to Merritt & Son Excavating for a total of $14,736 and five properties were awarded to Vincent Concrete for a total of $38,932.
A new round of funding to address blighted buildings is coming to three Northwest Indiana cities.The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority announced the more than $5.5 million is being allocated to Gary, East Chicago and Hammond from the state's Blight Elimination Program. Through the new allocation, $4.4 million will go to Gary; $914,000 to East Chicago; and $268,000 to Hammond.