October 18, 2012

Proposed plan would create downtown improvements

Project would cost around $400,000

by Amie Sites

LOGANSPORT — Paul Hartman, Logansport Municipal Utilities superintendent, requested consideration for a streetscape project at a  Logansport redevelopment commission meeting Tuesday evening. 

The project would include decorative brick, lighting,  sidewalk, curb and utilities on Sixth Street from Broadway to Race Street for a total of six blocks. 

“Area city leaders feel it is an important project for the downtown area,” Hartman said. 

The 3- to 5-year plan would cost approximately $400,000 and would come from the Downtown Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Fund, Hartman said.

Hartman said the first place he wants to take action is the area across the street from the Old Style Inn. 

President of the Redevelopment Commission, Bob Bishop said that he wanted to make sure that funds weren’t depleted in case senior housing gets approved later down the road and needs TIF money. 

The city previously was looking to give the Farmers Market lot and adjacent Salvation Army property to developers of a planned four-story senior citizens housing complex. The board of zoning appeals recently denied senior housing in this area. 

Bishop said they are hoping to get more downtown housing in the future and wants to make sure the money is there for support. 

Next, Hartman will possibly seek money from the state where Ind. Highway 25 comes through on Sixth Street and prioritize the order of work to be done in the area. 

Commission will consider a 3-year plan that would require one payment of $80,000 twice a year and will place the request on the agenda for the December meeting. 

Amie Sites is a reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-51150 or