E.C. gets federal money to revitalize North Harbor
INDIANAPOLIS | East Chicago will receive $1.9 million to bolster its long-term revitalization plan for the North Harbor neighborhood, Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman announced Wednesday.
“That’s a great number for us,” said John Artis, executive director of the East Chicago Redevelopment Department. “The money the state is going to be providing to us will go a long ways toward furthering the vision we have for the North Harbor redevelopment initiative.”
The federal neighborhood revitalization dollars will help finance new residential construction, including a 60-unit building for seniors, rental properties and townhouses available to buy. It’s part of a major overhaul of the neighborhood centered at Broadway and Main.
The city, which had requested $4.6 million, currently is developing 75 townhouses, and it has spent more than $10 million on park and street improvements in North Harbor since 2006. A zoning change prohibits bars and liquor stores from locating in the neighborhood.
The city is working with The Community Builders and the Hispanic Housing Development Corp., both nonprofits. East Chicago is one of 21 communities that will share $50 million in neighborhood revitalization funding Indiana received last fall.