Logansport officials hope to develop more housing

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LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) — As a way to keep making progress, Logansport officials are planning major improvements around town.

“If this goes through, this will be the single largest housing project the city has ever had,” Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell said.

After getting the go-ahead from council members, the city is hoping to move forward with plans to develop middle-income housing throughout the city.

Although nothing is set in stone, Kitchell said he’s staying optimistic.

“This particular program, if it goes through, will be a win-win for everybody – east end, downtown and throughout the heart of the city,” said Kitchell.

Right now, the city is in the process of applying for approval from the Indiana Housing Committee Development Authority to move forward with the plan.

The decision is expected to come early next year and would cost the city $300,000 to $400,000 in the form of city assets and TIF money.

Like Kitchell, City Council President Teresa Popejoy feels the project would be a positive move.

“I think it’s a win for the community, in all respects. I think it will lead to further development within the community, and we have to start some place,” Popejoy said.

City council member Amy Densborn said while the proposal has good intentions, she has a few concerns. She said the council was initially told the proposed downtown housing would be at market rate.

She’s concerned middle-income housing could keep the downtown economy from flourishing to its full potential.

“My vision for downtown was to see an elevated standard of living with young professionals [and] retirees that are going to support downtown businesses, that are going to generate more business,” Densborn said.

It’s just a waiting game right now.

“I think city council has done everything they can do to give it as green a light as possible, I think the mayor’s office has done everything they can do,” said Popejoy.

“I think it helps our attitude, our community spirit. This is a huge boost to our community spirit if this goes through, if it doesn’t, we’ll keep trying until we get it,” Kitchell said.

Popejoy said if the project is approved, construction could start as early as fall 2017.