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July 16, 2012

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City planning department to work on neighborhood plan for area between Clifton and Michigan avenues

LOGANSPORT — City planning department to work on neighborhood plan for area between Clifton and Michigan avenues

In the mostly owner-occupied houses just north of Logansport Community Hospital, people are satisfied with many of the neighborhood’s characteristics. Logansport city planners want to make sure that stays the case — but residents’ satisfaction and pride in their neighborhood has already impressed a senior housing developer.

Arin Shaver, city-county planning director, said the city is working on a neighborhood plan for the area north from Ottawa to Jackson streets between Michigan and Clifton avenues. It’s the first neighborhood in Logansport to be the focus of neighborhood planning, according to Shaver.

“It’s not going to be a redevelopment plan,” she said. “It’ll probably turn out to be just a neighborhood plan” that arranges for infrastructure improvements, like sidewalk and curb cut maintenance, to maintain the existing nature of the area.

“I think basically we’re sticking with the same ideas that everybody has in that neighborhood,” she said.

Shaver invited the area’s residents to a neighborhood redevelopment plan meeting last Thursday to ask them what was good about the neighborhood and what needed to be improved.

Only two residents showed up. The two women were neighbors that lived on the south end of the area, near the hospital.

Shaver isn’t sure why more people didn’t attend.

“I still think we got a lot accomplished,” she said. “The two that came were very vocal, and sometimes you have multiple people at meetings, but they’re not very vocal.”

Linda Gordon, 60, said she had no problem stating her frank opinion of living in the area between Michigan and Clifton. It was a positive one.

“Everyone gives a heads up to the other neighbors and everyone keeps an eye out,” she said. “It’s like a small community in a block. Everyone kind of knows everyone, you may not be the best of friends but you always smile and greet one another.”

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