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Hamilton Outlines Neighborhood Development Plans

Democratic mayoral candidate, John Hamilton, discussed his plans on strengthening and maintaining core neighborhoods in the city of Bloomington Thursday.

Bloomington resident and democratic mayoral candidate, John Hamilton, discussed his plans on strengthening and maintaining core neighborhoods in the city of Bloomington. His approach is to find and potentially purchase current rental properties and turn them into home ownership.

“We particularly expect downtown neighborhoods would be interested in this. We would collaborate with landlords, home buyers, neighborhood associations and other stakeholders to target those areas and purchase renovate and restore affordable single family homes,” said Hamilton.

Hamilton mentioned more affordable housing initiatives and reclaiming vacant properties for more productive neighborhood friendly uses. Each policy has its own pilot program and will be funded from the community development block grant, private funding and federal funds.

However, Hamilton’s plan does not stray far from Mayor Mark Kruzan’s current policies that he spoke on earlier today at the Monroe County Democratic Headquarters.

“This administration working in concert with this council it’s been among the top priorities, we’ve dedicated resources, staff and I think have rebuilt some neighborhoods, have strengthen others,” said Kruzan.

Both candidates will tackle these issues and more on a debate, April 21st on WFIU and WTIU.

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