Mayor: Housing fortunes improving in Logansport

A project that will add 30 new homes on scattered sites throughout the community officially began on a wet Tuesday afternoon.

More than 30 people gathered at 14th and North streets for a groundbreaking ceremony for the ReVere Homes project. Single-family homes will be built on city-owned lots acquired through the Blight Elimination Program.

Clerk-Treasurer Stacy Cox and Mayor Dave Kitchell turned shovels of dirt along with representatives of PNC Bank, which is financing the project, and Crestline of Indianapolis, the development firm for the project.

“It may not look like it today, but the sun is shining on Logansport’s housing market,” Kitchell said.

The mayor credited Morris, Mercedes Brugh and Tad Wilkinson of the Logansport Municipal Building Corporation, Clerk-Treasurer Stacy Cox and her office staff, City Council President Dave Morris and Council members Terry Doran, Matt Meagher and Teresa Popejoy, City Attorney Yamir Gonzalez-Velez, Building Commissioner Deb Beattie, Plan Director Arin Shaver, CLEDO President Bill Cuppy, PNC Bank and the firms who made the project possible.

Cox said she is excited to see the project move forward and was glad to work on it because “the city really needs it.”

The mayor said the project is the first major project involved with addressing the city’s need for housing.

Earlier Tuesday, representatives of the city’s ad hoc housing steering committee agreed to move forward with plans to work with a Fort Wayne developer, Biggs, to add single-family housing to the city-owned properties near the intersection of High Street and Yorktown Road. Discussions also are ongoing regarding potential housing associated with the redevelopment of the nearby Logansport Mall property.

Last year, a housing master plan funded by the city council determined the city has a need for a minimum of 250 new housing units up to as many as 400 in the coming years. That figure does not include an estimated 40 new market rate apartments under construction at Logan Square downtown. The study identified the Yorktown and High properties owned by the city, the former Tipton Elementary School site and downtown Logansport as the first targets for expanding housing in the community.

SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell