...The city broke ground on the ReVere Homes project near the end of April. The project is part of an initiative through the Blight Elimination Program (BEP) — a statewide program that allows Indiana municipalities and communities to demolish blighted properties and offer a variety of end uses for the newly cleared properties, including green space and redevelopment.
In 1917, the song “(Back Home Again in) Indiana” was first released.
In 1971, The Jackson 5 sang “Goin’ Back to Indiana.”
But since about 2017, Indiana’s song could be Woody Guthrie’s “I Ain’t Got No Home.”
Anyone who’s tried to buy a house in Cass County knows that properties don’t stay on the market long.
“If a house is priced right, it’ll have an offer on it within a few days,” said Steve Schwering of Schwering Realty LLC in Logansport.
In Cass County, there are 129 houses on the market with 25 of those pending sale completion — an offer has been accepted and paperwork is being done.
Last year, a housing master plan funded by the Logansport City Council revealed some confounding numbers — the city has a need for a minimum of 250 new housing units and as many as 400 in the coming years.
Housing was the number one issue listed in the city’s “Nineteen for 19” agenda at the State of the City/County luncheon earlier this year, and according to Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell, it’s also a top priority for other Indiana cities because of its impact on economic development.
The city has been making significant progress toward achieving its housing goals.
More than 50 people gathered at the corner of Garden and Washington streets to celebrate an open house for ReVere Homes, Logansport’s newest multi-family tax credit properties.
Last November, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) recommended that tax credits be awarded to Indianapolis-based Crestline Development Co. to help fund a project that will add 30 new homes — 15 affordable three-bedroom homes and 15 affordable four-bedroom homes — on scattered sites throughout the community.
Jim Erickson, vice president of Crestline Development, said that he is proud of the project and hopes to leave a positive impact on the city.
“We’re hopeful that this project is a great benefit to the people of Logansport,” said Erickson. “To be able to either fill empty lots or replace homes that were condemned, and then to put up something brand new and well-built, in a design for long-term living, is nothing but a very positive thing.”
The new homes are being built on city-owned lots acquired through the Blight Elimination Program (BEP)
LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) - Last year, a housing master plan funded by the Logansport City Council determined some staggering numbers. The city has a need for a minimum of 250 new housing units and up to as many as 400 in the coming years.
30 new homes will be going on city-owned lots scattered throughout Logansport, and about 20 homes will be built on city-owned land near the intersection of High Street and Yorktown Road.
Logansport will have another year to tear down more dilapidated houses through the state's Blight Elimination Program, according to a city official. The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, or IHCDA, awarded Logansport $925,000 in 2014 to demolish 37 blighted houses.
The Blight Elimination Program is backed by the U.S. Treasury Department's Hardest Hit Fund started in 2010 to provide mortgage relief to homeowners affected by the 2008 recession. Thirty-four houses have been torn down in Logansport through the Blight Elimination Program so far, city Clerk-treasurer Stacy Cox said, with two more scheduled this year — 413 N. Cicott St. and 522 Fitch St.
A board helping Logansport battle blight opened on Friday 16 proposals including 35 offers for 26 empty lots that formerly dilapidated houses once stood on.
The structures were demolished through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority's Blight Elimination Program.
The Logansport Municipal Building Corp., which oversees the city's participation in the program and takes ownership of the properties that are demolished, offered 34 empty lots for sale last month.
The request for proposals issued regarding the properties called for a minimum purchase price on each property of the lesser of $3,000 or closing costs. It also called for proposals for single-, two- and multi-family housing or structural improvements or additions to existing structures.
A board helping Logansport eliminate blight is offering 34 formerly dilapidated residential lots for sale with hopes that new homes or additions to existing homes are built on them.
The city had the structures demolished after the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority awarded Logansport $925,000 from its Blight Elimination Program in 2014.
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.