ELKHART — One of the oldest neighborhoods in Elkhart is organizing an association and the first chance to get involved will be Tuesday.
The newly named North Riverside Neighborhood Association will have its first general meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 405 W. Beardsley Ave.
The effort is being spearheaded by Kristen Senne and has the support of city leaders.
Senne and others are hoping the association can work to reduce crime and address other “quality of life” issues.
Senne led a walking tour of the neighborhood a few weeks ago with city leaders to point out some of the concerns.
One of the biggest concerns is the old Walter Piano building at 700 W. Beardsley Ave., which has been vacant and in disrepair for years. A fire there earlier this year caused part of the building’s roof to collapse and officials consider it a safety hazard.
Demolishing the building has become a priority for the city and officials are moving toward that goal.
Denny Correll, brownfield coordinator, will discuss the demolition plan at the meeting.
Representatives of the Elkhart Police Department will also speak.
Officials will also discuss the benefits of creating a neighborhood association.
Senne is hoping the meeting attracts residents and business owners from within the area.
The association includes the area bounded by North Michigan Street to the west, railroad tracks to the north, Bower Street to the south and North Riverside Avenue to the east.
For more information, contact Senne at 574-612-1056.