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July 6, 2014

Facelift coming for Annex Building

Lot's future remains to be determined

A Logansport nonprofit and local officials are taking measures to spruce up what was formerly the Salvation Army building in town as the lot’s future is still to be decided.

What is now known as the Logansport Annex Building at 418 Fourth Street will be getting a new coat of paint later this summer and plans have been set to landscape around the building.

Logan’s Landing, a nonprofit organization representing the city’s downtown, will pay half the cost of the new paint job. The Logansport Redevelopment Commission agreed to pay the other half out of funds accrued by the redevelopment tax increment financing district in the city’s downtown.

Logansport-based Arone Hardware was selected to supply the paint for $1,199.76 while Michael E. Albright Painting, also out of Logansport, was selected to paint the building for $4,220.

Pam Leeman, a member of the Logan’s Landing Board of Directors, said she would like to have the exterior rear wall of the building painted gray so art panels can be placed on it that can be removed if and when the lot sells.

The city purchased the building from the Salvation Army in November 2012. The administration at the time had been working with Little Turtle Waterway on a plan to develop public restrooms on the property that could be used during festivals and events during the summer.

The current administration sought to take the lot in a different direction — hoping to make way for a senior housing development, which on its first attempt did not come to fruition.

The building has remained in a holding pattern ever since. Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin said the city did hire a cleaning company to clean the bathrooms in the facility for about $300. They will be available to attendees of downtown’s remaining outdoor festivals this summer, instead of the portable toilets used in the past.

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