Study: City of Logansport needs up to 400 homes

After months of research, field visits and study, a Fort Wayne-based consulting firm has identified some parameters for the growth of residential housing in Logansport.

HPG Network has released its recommendations to a housing task force appointed by Mayor Dave Kitchell. The study was funded by the Logansport City Council.

A presentation on the findings Friday indicates Logansport has a higher percentage of young singles and single senior citizens than other Indiana cities. It recommended single-family homes, town houses and row houses at varying income levels, with more aimed at middle-income residents than low- or high-income residents. The three recommended locations for housing are in the east end, downtown and the “midtown” area north of Erie Avenue.

Its recommendation called for at least 250 and up to 400 new residences built in the near future to accommodate a growing population. A current projection provided by the federal government for the report indicates Logansport’s current population is now in excess of 18,000 residents, up over the 17,900 projected residents at the end of 2017.

“These housing figures already take into account the 40 or more market rate apartments that will be opening soon at Logan Square,” Mayor Dave Kitchell said. “We also may be able to secure housing through an Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority application. That determination will be made next month by the IHCDA.”

If Logansport is turned down for the tax credit project, more than two dozen city lots will be available for new home construction.

The city also has marketed two properties near Tower Park and received subdivision approval for nine homes at the former Trelleborg plant site at One General St. on the west side.

Logansport also has been approached by an Indianapolis area developer to convert the site of the former Logansport Municipal Utilities generating plant into apartments along the Eel River.

The housing supply in Logansport has been dropping as demand for housing has increased throughout the year, according to housing data.

SOURCE: News release from the Office of Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell