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Blight Elimination Done Right In Rising Sun

Posted On September 18, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Officials marked the start of construction on a new senior housing development on Sixth Street on Friday, September 8. Photo provided.

(Rising Sun, Ind.) – New senior housing is going to be built in Rising Sun.

City officials and developer White Pine Construction held a ceremonial groundbreaking of a 10-unit condominium complex on September 8. The complex will be for residents 55 years and older.

Tim White of White Pine Construction says his company hopes to begin work at the site on Sixth Street within a month.

The units will be built as they are sold. Each unit will include two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a two-car garage, and a front porch. They will be handicap accessible and can be customized to the buyer’s wishes. Within walking distance are the Rising Sun Medical Center, the riverfront, and Rising Star Casino Resort.

The site was previously home to a blighted building, which a state blight elimination program helped the city purchase and demolish. White now owns the site.

“This is the vision everybody had,” says White.

So far, two units have been sold.

Rising Sun Mayor Brent Bascom says the senior housing will help the city reach a comprehensive plan goal of growing its population by 10 percent over 10 years.

“The win here is getting more people in our community,” Bascom says.

Bascom says the project has been about five years in the making, dating back to former mayor Branden Roeder’s administration. He credited Rising Sun city councilman and redevelopment director Gary Kinnett with guiding the project.

“I’d also like to thank the entire Redevelopment Commission for their dedication to seeing this vision through completion: Jim Jenkins, president; Sandy Kinzer, vice president; Babette Martin; Tim Phelps; and Sheena Graham,” said the mayor.

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