LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI)- Mayor Chris Martin of Logansport is only a couple of days into his term and he already has a list of goals he wants to accomplish. He plans on accomplishing those goals in his first 100 days in office. The Mayor's goals include adding higher-paying jobs to the area and creating more housing.
"What we want to do is we want to focus more along the lines of private investing,” said Logansport Mayor Chris Martin. “We want more single-family homes and maybe some town-homes you know something similar to that."
Increasing access to both public transportation and Mental Health services is also one of the mayor's lists of priorities. However, revitalization across the community remains a topic of discussion.
"When you encourage someone to invest in their home what you are doing is you are making sure that the area around their home is taken care of,” added Mayor Martin. “The city has obligations to those citizens who pay those taxes."
Martin plans on updating infrastructure on the city's west side, and he wants to add more art to the downtown area.
"Murals on buildings or the side of buildings maybe and art ally,” said Martin. “We will release a 4-year plan within the first hundred days of that artistic ability downtown."
Another major focus will be to revitalize the old Logansport mall.
"It can be revitalized and that's exactly what we are going to be pushing for is the revitalization of the mall we don't want it torn down,” said Mayor Martin. “We want it to be the site that it once was."
The mayor hopes revitalizing the mall will bring more retail establishments to Logansport.
"We need to find a retail shop that is going to create a snowball effect,” said Mayor Martin. “Once you have that one business, everyone else wants to follow that business wherever they are going, so that's the goal."
The mayor says the city and the county will have to work closely to accomplish this hefty list of goals, but he has confidence they can be accomplished.