“This is a win, win, win” Senator Young stated pointing to National Guard troops demolishing abandoned houses in Gary
Senator Todd Young speaks with National Guard crews as abandoned homes are demolished in Gary.
September 15, 2017-Senator Todd Young toured an area of Gary where the Indiana National Guard was demolishing several homes. “This is a win, win, win” Senator Young said while explaining that money used from federal drug seizures provides funds to the National Guard who, in turn, rid the neighborhood of abandoned structures. Senator Young said he felt compelled to act after touring the City with Mayor Freeman-Wilson. “I checked and there was a program in place” Senator Young stated. It had been 17 years since the program was used in Gary and Senator Young’s office helped to cut through the red tape to get the program moving again.
Residents in the 1900 block of Maryland were releived to see the blighted structures eliminated.
Jason, who says he moved back to the neighborhood about two years ago, recalled playing football in the yard of one of the homes being razed today. Jason says he grew up in the home which his grandfather built on the block. Similarly, Beatrice Pritchett described a quiet, family oriented neighborhood. Pritchett says she grew up there, raised her family in the home on Maryland and now her grandchildren live there. Pritchett says she will be happy to see the homes gone but worries that the lots may not be maintained. Both said the homes had not been lived in for over ten years.