As places such as East Chicago, Indiana, grapple with lead contamination, they face a challenge for after cleanup: how to redevelop and revitalize once-toxic neighborhoods.

In Evansville, community leaders have used decades of remediation to their advantage.

In what was once the most-contaminated part of the city’s Jacobsville Neighborhood Superfund site, a vacant lot sits waiting.

“So as we’re standing here right now, we’re standing where Garfield Commons will be,” says Chris Metz, assistant director of Evansville’s ECHO Housing Corporation.


A lead-contaminated public housing complex in East Chicago, Indiana could soon become a lead-contaminated vacant lot – and if local and federal officials can’t resolve a key dispute, it might stay that way for a long time.

That’s because the city and Environmental Protection Agency are at odds over redevelopment plans for the neighborhood.

City of Lafayette

A law signed by Governor Pence this week allows police greater flexibility in patrolling apartment complexes. Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski has a few on his list he’d like to see watched more closely, so today on Ask The Mayor, we’ll ask if the new law addresses a specific concern in his city as it tried to bring down some worrisome crime statistics.
J. Stephen Conn

Crawfordsville officials are preparing for the state to send people to vet the city’s Stellar Communities grant application. The city was named a finalist earlier this month and now Mayor Todd Barton (R) and other leaders are formulating a presentation to make their case in more detail.

Because Crawfordsville is losing younger citizens, Barton plans to use the Stellar money to enhance the city’s downtown. His proposal centers on what he calls a “fusion center” – bringing like-minded people and groups together to enhance collaboration and efficiency.

Queen Anne Courts to be razed

Sep 27, 2012
Mike Loizzo / WBAA Radio

The City of Lafayette now owns a dilapidated property downtown.

It bought the Queen Anne Courts apartment building on South 4th Street in an effort to tear it down.

Economic Development Director Dennis Carson says the goal is to replace it with something that’s a better fit with the area.

"We'd like to see some sort of mixed-use development, so it would incorporate some commercial and some housing in it. That would contribute to the neighborhood."

Lafayette officials are taking steps to help develop vacant property downtown.

The site near the South Street bridge is officially a “blight spot” thanks to a city council resolution. Now, the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation is partnering with the city to pledge $50,000 for cleanup.

Council president Steve Meyer says that’s an important step in the development process.

"It would encourage a developer to come in and take a look at that property and perhaps develop it into some mixed-use, maybe, some trail or park area."