Groundbreaking held for new senior condos

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It’s been five years in the making but groundbreaking for the construction of 10 new senior housing units took place Friday, Sept. 8th at the corner of Sixth and Poplar Streets in Rising Sun.

Deputy clerk treasurer Tammy Johns introduced dignitaries while current Rising Sun Redevelopment Commission president Jim Jenkins gave the invocation.

Former city councilman Gary Kinnett spoke about former mayor Bill Marksberry’s idea for housing which led to a strategic plan being formed in 2012.

Kinnett took charge of the project as a member of the redevelopment commission.

On Oct. 14, 2014 Rising Sun received a Blight Elimination Program Grant used to cover the cost of demolition of buildings for the project.

Kinnett acknowledged the work of city manager Mike Northcutt and grantwriter Bryce Kendrick

Tim White of White Pine Construction is in charge of building the units as Rising Sun Senior Properties LLC.

Mark Neyland, BEP director of Asset Preservation, acknowledged that the state could eliminate 20 homes in Indianapolis or two in Rising Sun which completely change the landscape. He called it a great use of taxpayer dollars by the Indiana Housing Community Development Authority.

In attendance were Paul and Sally Kinghorn of Lawrenceburg who will be purchasing one of the first housing units.

The development is known as John’s Place Condominiums which was named for city founder John James and the late John Rumsey. Friday would have been the former city councilman’s 60th birthday.