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Logansport hoping to help historic building facades

"Whatever we can do to help building owners maintain these buildings," said Mayor Dave Kitchell.

Posted: Apr 3, 2019 6:35 PM

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) - Many of Logansport's historic buildings will benefit from a potential new program being pursued by local leaders.

They are meeting to explore a major structure facade program. While the city has supported a downtown façade program for Logan's Landing for several years, Mayor Dave Kitchell said a program for some of the largest structures in the city is needed.

Several similar programs have been implemented in other Indiana cities. Nearby Rochester recently received a $600,000 grant from the state to implement a program there.

Mayor Kitchell said he wants to help local business owners out.

"Whatever we can do to help building owners maintain these buildings and keep these pieces of our downtowns together, I think we ought to do," he said.

Mayor Kitchell also hopes implementing a major structure façade program would be a step to incentivize private developers to add downtown housing in upper floors of existing structures.

"Right now the timing is good because last year we opened 11 new business downtown, we added 47 jobs," he said. "All but four of those companies are still in business."

The recent housing master plan completed by the city in 2018 identified downtown Logansport as one of three areas targeted for filling the city’s void for 250 to 400 new homes, condos, row homes, town houses or apartments. Implementing a major structure façade program would be a step to incentivize private developers to add downtown housing in upper floors of existing structures.

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