1. Cornerstone Apartments in downtown Elkhart in "deplorable" shape, faces uncertain future
Advocates for seniors and downtown revitalization are concerned about what's going to happen to Elkhart's tallest building. Its owners, Edison Capital Housing, used to receive low-income housing tax credits, but its five-year term expired at the end of 2013.
Tammy Friesen, executive director of the Council on Aging of Elkhart County, says the Cornerstone Apartments is in "deplorable" shape. Many of the Cornerstone Apartments' residents are elderly because the apartment offers state-subsidized housing for seniors.
2. Elkhart's elderly population grows but shortage of senior housing worsens, study says
A study says that Elkhart's elderly population is expected to grow by 25 percent over the next five years, but there may not be enough subsidized and market rate housing for seniors.
The Elkhart Senior Housing Study says there could be an unmet housing demand of over 1,800 units in the next several years, and many low- to moderate-income residents would need those units.
3. Cub scout group for boys with special needs is the only group of its kind in the region
Pack 734 is the only cub scout group for boys with special needs in an eight-county area.
Cub master Beth Harsh started the group five years ago when she noticed that boys with special needs would struggle with scouting and drop out. They still do many of the same activities that other packs do, but Pack 734 just does it at their own pace.
Problems are rare, and the boys just gather and have fun for the most part.
4. Former Monaco RV plant's contents auctioned off
Monaco RV closed its doors in February, and they left a 200,000-square-foot facility full of materials behind. Hahn Auctioneers Inc. will be selling off everything in the plant at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25.
Available are three completed RVs, several partially finished vehicles and a list of supplies including flat-screen TVs.
5. One person dead after being hit by a car along Cassopolis Street in Elkhart
A person is dead after being hit by a car on Saturday, March 22, in the 2200 block of Cassopolis Street in Elkhart, according to a press release from the Elkhart Police Department.
It resulted in one of Elkhart's busiest streets being closed for three hours. The police responded to the scene at 12:30 p.m. and circled numerous items on the road as possible evidence.
The name of the victim was withheld pending notification of family.