By Michele Owen, Director of Communications, City of Muncie—
MUNCIE, IN—The Covid 19 Crisis introduced new variables for many industries, including construction. Inflation has made it difficult for many new developments to get off the ground. Yet, on Wednesday, May 17, representatives from the City of Muncie, Pivotal Home Solutions, CPM construction, Industry Neighborhood Association, and the media gathered for a short ceremony at 1500 E 8th Street for the groundbreaking of a development project locally known as City View.
The lot on 8th Street will be transformed into ten town homes, complete with a small dog park and trees from the Thousand Trees in a Thousand Days project. Many of the City View lots will be single family residences, which will be available as affordable, income-based housing, with opportunities for home ownership later. Some of the homes may be completed as soon as September.
The lots for City View were acquired from the Muncie Redevelopment Commission, which has the authority to acquire vacant properties. Some MRC lots have unsafe housing or other eyesores that need to be demolished, and some are vacant and unused. With City View, these properties will become additional housing stock and provide increased revenue for city services without raising taxes for current property owners.
The properties are located in several neighborhoods, including Industry, South Central, and Blaine Southeast. These areas are highlighted in the Together Delaware Muncie plan, which lays out a comprehensive plan to improve quality of place and increase opportunities for Delaware County and Muncie residents. The Together DM plan identifies Core Stabilization and Revitalization areas as neighborhoods that will benefit from larger scale revitalization work, such as infill housing and affordable opportunities.
Riverbend Flats, another affordable housing apartment unit, will celebrate their grand opening on Tuesday the 23rd. The City was also recently awarded funding for a similar town homes and scattered site housing development, named Southern Terrace.
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