Kokomo Perspective 06 19 2019 E Edition Page A1

Developer breathing new life into down- town structure A local developer aims to breathe new life into an unused building in the heart of down- town and, by doing so, fill a gap in Kokomo's apartment market. The two-story brick structure, located at the corner of North Main and East Taylor streets, formerly housed Indiana Business College and sat empty for years. But now Fortune Compa- nies, Inc. workers, along with inmates from the work release program, are moving toward reno- vating the structure into an apartment complex. And, added Fortune Companies Owner Scott Pitcher, the apartments will accommodate an unfilled niche in local housing options. That niche, said Pitcher, is that of working housing, the area between tax-subsidized hous- ing and upper-scale apartments that presently makes up the largest portion of the local apart- ment market. We think it's very important, said Pitcher. There's a class of people that sort of gets left out in some of this apartment building. Some of the apartments are too expensive for young people to live in. And some of them are tax subsidized, so the young people make too much money to go in those and not enough to go into big units. Pitcher projected the 14 apartments, com- prised of four two-bedroom units on the first loor and 10 one-bedroom units on the second loor, would be completed by the end of the year. Smith garnering state-level recognition A new contender within the political realm, Demo- cratic candidate for mayor Abbie Smith, is beginning to garner attention on the state level after a resound- ing primary victory. After clinching a victo- ry in the primaries, Smith earned an early milestone in her fledgling political career. A first-time can- didate, the political new- comer topped Kevin Sum- mers, a long-time local political figure, by a wide margin, ensuring a battle for the mayor's ice in- volving both Republican candidate Commissioner Tyler Moore and Indepen- dent candidate Michael Virgin. As she continues her campaign on the local level, Smith has earned looks from the state's Democratic Party. Early this month she garnered a speaking position at the Indiana Democratic Par- ty's 2019 Hoosier Hospi- tality Dinner, introducing Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett during his own bid for reelection. At the event, Smith reflected on what she viewed to be the changing political land- scape within the state. We're proud of our communities, and we run to ensure our leaders reflect the communities they serve. And it shows, said Smith. In 2018, a re- cord number of women, irst-time, and millennial candidates stepped up to run. And guess what? It shows. We sent nine of them to the statehouse. In 2019, more than 300 Hoo- sier democratic women are running for ice. MORE THAN 31,000 DISTRIBUTED WEEKLY & MORE THAN 320,000 MONTHLY PAGE VIEWS AT KOKOMOPERSPECTIVE.COM Kokomoperspective.com 209 N. 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Hurry, this offer expires 7/31/19* See official rules at location Bloom at Kokomo 2800 South Dixon Road Kokomo, IN 46902 765.455.2828 www.bloomatkokomo.com sales@bloomatkokomo.com by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Perspective Photo / Alyx Arnett ROOTING FOR 'EM - Ronald Poe takes a bite out of a jumbo carrot during a ballgame at Kokomo Municipal Stadium last week. The carrot and ranch were added to the menu this year for $3 as a nod to the Jackrabbits. Democratic mayoral candidate one of 13 women embroiled in mayoral runs Perspective Photo / Provided HOOSIER HOSPITALITY - Democratic Mayoral Candidate Abbie Smith speaks during the Hoo- sier Hospitality Dinner in Indianapolis. Recognition A7 Former Indiana Business College to be renovated into worker housing Structure A7 This season the Kokomo Jackrabbits introduced a revamped menu at Koko- mo Municipal Stadium, and those looking to catch a game now can snag tick- ets at a reduced price. With the new hire of Jeff Hanauer as the stadium's food and beverage manag- er, the concession stand of- fers new tastes and a new look with members of non- profits, in part, working the counter. The menu has been reworked to include larger portions and better quality. And while these changes corresponded to increases in menu pricing, the Jackrabbits are also bringing to bear the team's lowest ticket prices since JACKRABBITS REVAMP MENU Baseball team makes concession changes, lowers ticket prices Jackrabbits A8

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