City of East Chicago

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson says officials will work to help displaced families from a lead-contaminated public housing complex in East Chicago.

Carson met privately Monday with some residents and local lawmakers near the now-empty West Calumet Housing Complex. Gov. Eric Holcomb, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, U.S. Sens. Joe Donnelly and Todd Young, and East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland joined the discussion.

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On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday, we find out more about the major news stories of the week from the reporters who covered them.  With us in the studio is Post-Tribune reporter Javonte Anderson and by phone are his Post-Tribune colleagues Carrie Napoleon and Greg Tejeda and -- from the LaPorte Herald-Argus and Michigan City News-Dispatch -- reporter Jon Gard.  

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Two economic development officials came on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to give an update on several major projects that will improve the  city and its neighborhoods.

Milton Reed is an economic development consultant for Mayor Anthony Copeland and Marino Solario is the city's Director of Planning and Economic Development. They bring us up-to-date on things like the downtown revitalization plan, Harborwalk and new businesses opening in East Chicago.  Here's the conversation.

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Today:  An update on big projects underway in East Chicago, from Milton Reed and Marino Solario.  Reed is an economic development consultant for Mayor Anthony Copeland and Solario is the city's Director of Planning and Economic Development. They bring us up-to-date on things like the downtown revitalization plan, Harborwalk and new businesses opening in East Chicago.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is moving forward with a plan to demolish East Chicago’s lead-contaminated West Calumet Housing Complex.

Residents had many questions and received few answers at a tense public meeting about the environmental review of the plan Monday night.

The city of East Chicago finished relocating more than 1,000 housing complex residents this spring. Officials plan to demolish the complex’s buildings later this year.

HUD must first sign off.

The federal government continues to oppose intervention by a group of East Chicago, Indiana, residents, who are asking a U.S. District Court to give them a larger role in the clean up of their lead and arsenic contaminated neighborhood.

The East Chicago residents were first turned down in May by Magistrate Judge Paul Cherry.

He ruled, “This case was closed over two years ago. To allow [the residents] to intervene now…would be highly prejudicial to the parties, who have already negotiated, settled, and obtained judgement in this case.”