Apartment complex rises from ashes, celebrates grand opening

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INDIANAPOLIS — The city of Indianapolis hopes a new housing complex that has risen from the ashes will clean up an area just north of downtown.

Leaders cut a ribbon at the 16 Park Apartments on Wednesday. The 155 affordable housing units are already near capacity, with a waiting list forming.

“Who knew they could come back like they did? They bounced back,” Deputy Mayor Olgen Williams said.

Nearly a year to the day ago, a huge fire tore apart most of the construction on the complex. That fire was later ruled accidental.

“We did not get anything more specific (other) than it being an accident,” Bud Myers with the Indianapolis Housing Agency said.

Myers and the Housing Agency forged on, resulting in Wednesday’s grand opening. The complex was funded with a mix of state and private money.

The development also includes a revitalization of an old IPS school building that will serve as a community center.

Leaders hope it will be a spark of a different kind that helps clean up that area of 16th Street.

For more information, go to the 16 Park Apartments website.

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