Sale of Mahencia building delayed until Sept. 30
By Carole Carlson firstname.lastname@example.org/302-0949 September 18, 2013 10:26PM
The Mahencia Apartments, shown in 2003, once were owned by former Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher. | Sun-Times Media file
Updated: October 20, 2013 7:36AM
GARY — The city is opting to wait a little longer before selling the historic Mahencia Apartments at 1900 W. 5th Ave.
On Wednesday, Redevelopment Department Director Joseph Van Dyk said the Redevelopment Commission will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Sept. 30 to consider bids on Mahencia.
“We wanted to make sure we give it enough time to advertise,” he said.
Earlier, Van Dyk said two unidentified parties had submitted bids on the property.
Also on Wednesday, the Redevelopment Commission approved a resolution setting its 2014 operating budget from the city’s general fund at $474,000.
Van Dyk said the budget represents an increase over last year to accommodate two new board-up crew positions at salaries of $23,000 each. A truck and more supplies will also be required, he said. Money in the professional services account was increased for lawn mowing.
“It’s so we can take care of our properties in a manner consistent of the way we expect people to take care of their properties,” Van Dyk said.
The city council still has the final word on the budget.
Also the commission approved two change orders totaling $19,881 relating to the renovation of restrooms on the second and third floors of City Hall.
Officials said existing piping behind walls was badly rusted and needed to be changed.