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Housing Authority closes Westvale Manor basketball courts | News

ANDERSON – Following acts of vandalism, the Anderson Housing Authority has removed the rims from the basketball courts in Westvale Manor.

There have been acts of vandalism in the courts, broken bottles and syringes found on the courts, Kim Townsend, the authority’s executive director (AHA) said on Wednesday.

“We cannot monitor the courts as we would like,” she said. “There are a lot of activities going on at night.

Townsend said the basketball courts are for use by residents of Westvale Manor and not as a community facility.

She said there were city parks near the housing complex.

“It’s a temporary decision,” Townsend said. “There is a liability issue, and this is a private establishment. “

She said Black Expo uses the courts, but asked for permission and provided a certificate of insurance.

“We are developing a plan to reopen the courts for our residents,” Townsend said.

Members of the AHA board of directors have been informed by Mary Randol, deputy director of the Housing Authority, that the 1,372 housing vouchers in Section 8 are currently being used to serve clients.

The council was also told that approximately $ 100,000 of the $ 186,000 provided by the United Way of Madison County to help families during the COVID-19 pandemic has been spent.

Randol said a family can receive up to $ 2,000 for COVID-related expenses for utilities, rent and mortgage payments.

“We are trying to prevent people from becoming homeless if they are already housed.”

Kevin Sulc, chairman of nonprofit Anderson Housing Inc., said clean-up work on the Lincolnshire Apartments project is expected to be completed in October, with interior demolition due to start in the near future.

Anderson Housing Inc. and AHA are working with developer Garrison Frazier to convert the existing four-story building with 40 units into 21 one-bedroom units and seven studios.

The Anderson Redevelopment Commission has agreed to provide $ 770,000 to renovate the building. The total cost of the project has been estimated at $ 2.8 million.

Plans call for a new roof, electrical system, heating and air conditioning system, and plumbing upgrades.

The proposal is to rent the units at Anderson’s current market rate, with some public housing vouchers accepted.

Sulc said there had been conversations about potential housing projects with private developers.

He said discussions focused on the Delaware Court apartments and the former Shadeland Elementary School.

Sulc said Anderson Housing Inc. is not looking to start another project until the Lincolnshire apartments are completed in 2022.

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