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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - February 12, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 160 Kokomo Ind KOKOMO lTRIBUNE Saturday Feb 12 1994 50 cents Builder given tax credits 64unit apartment complex going up By CATHARINE FERNANDO Tribune staff writer Housing Authority has awarded a developer mil lion in tax credits to build a 64 unit affordable rental apartment complex in Kokomo Kokomo is one of 17 Indiana cities that received a total of million in tax credits to develop housing for close to families and individuals The housing finance authority gave in 10year annual federal income tax credits to the Village Community Development Corp to construct the Autumn Trace Apartmentsat 2926 Harvest Drive It will consist of 16 onebed room 32 twobedroom and 16 threebedroom apartments The tax credit falls under the Internal Revenue Services Section 42 program said Tom Creasser vice president of Village Gornmu nity Development based in Indianapolis Developers are awarded tax credits which are used annually for 10 years provided that the developers maintain the units at affordable rental rates for at least 15 years Qn their part the developers use the credits to obtain the equity they need to develop the housing The annual household income of the tenants who live in those apartments cannot exceed 60 per cent of the countys median income We build the units and bring in partners who are buying the pro jects Each person is entitled a por tion of and he puts more equity into the project and gets his money back itv the form of these Creasser said Village Community functions as a developer construction manag er and a general partner vvho con trols the management of the part nership The units will be built on seven acres on the north side of develop er Jim Bagleys Willowridge developments on Malfalfa Road The tenants will fall Within the to annual income per household Creasser said The apartments will be attrac tive ana offer modern amenities energyefficient gas air condition ing and a clubhouse and recre ation area he said Anyone who is interested in checking out the quality of the companys developments could visit a similar project in Kendal Iville northeast of Kokomo Creasser said Construction is expected to begin in the spring when the warm weather breaks and will take about six months Creasser siid the success of this project Village Community plans to embark on a second phase of construction that will result in another 64 to 80 housing units that have no income guidelines Jeff Rudolph director of the Kokomo Department of Urban Development and Design said the city generally endorses any pro offers affordable hous ing Inside Classified ads Local Sports Valentines Day singers The Kokomo Men of Note Barbershoppers left to right Phil Rankin Brad Coon Ray Briggs and Gary Denton sing Let Me Call You Sweetheart to Sharon Vincent as her husband Wes listens Sharon is the manager of the Healthy Children Clinic at the Howard County Board of Health The singers are doing barbershop quartets in honor of Valentines Day Singing Valentines can be done in the home at parties or in the workplace for a small fee Some of the proceeds will go to Heartsprings to help severely handicapped children Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Los Angeles earthquake plays Cupid tOS ANGELES AP Eugene Dalfonso felt the earth move and at age 72 he decided to make some moves of his own Vi Zolman 73 said yes Married at a motel where they were shel tered after the Jan 17 earthquake the Dalfon sos turned their evacuation into a honey moon I guess it takes something like that to wake you up and make you realize how short your time really the bride said If you find happiness you better grab it fast especially at our age The Dalfonsos met less than a year ago at IOF Foresters Haven a San Fernando Valley retirement community They had talked about Dalfonso said but there was nothing Then came the earthquake Two days later Dalfonso proposed The earthquake did he said Friday It shook us all up and we just thought well hey if the end is going to come pretty soon why not get married We love each The bride wore a fulllength peach formal at the Jan 30 motel ceremony and Dalfonso wore a tuxedo Afterward IOF Foresters a notforprofit fraternal group flew the couple to Georgia where they are staying with Mrs Dalfonsos daughter We knew we loved each other but we just had to set everything in order God sort of did that for Mrs Dalfonso said We really just feel like God pulled us co Lillehammer94 Road improvement plan OKd By CATHARINE FERNANDO Tribune staff writer Gov Evan Bayh announced Fri day that agreement has been reached on a million invest ment involving Kokomo the state and private businesses to enhance traffic flow at the junction of 31 and Ind 22 In a teleconference Friday noon to Kokomo Mayor Robert Sargent Bayh said the Indiana Department of Transportation would invest Kokomo has committed to the pro ject which would add travel lanes on 22 Markland east of 31 and on Goyer Road WalMart Stores Inc and Meijer Inc would pick up the rest of the tab for the road improvement pro ject which includes the traffic sig nal revisions at 31 and Mark land Avenue Additional signals would be installed on Markland Avenue Commercial development has increased traffic along this route and the addition of lanes would be welcome news to patrons of WalMart Stores Sams Club and others Sargent said about vehicles use that intersection daily In addition to improving safety and traffic flow the mayor said the existing and new commercial establishments along that strip would bring between and jobs to the city The agreement was reached after a yearandahalf of negotia tions Bayh said Such an agree ment involving government and private businesses is fairly unusu al We hope that Kokomo will serve as a prototype of this kind of the governor said Ini tiatives such as this promote eco nomic growth prosperity and Mayor Robert Sargent compli mented Don Lucas the states chief highway engineer for seeing it through to a successful conclu sion Later Kokomo Director of Urban Development and Design Jeff Rudolph agreed that it was quite an accomplishment to get two business rivals to cooperate and share infrastructure costs The road improvements include the addition of a 700foot left turn lane from 31 north onto Ind 22 east In front of Sams Club will be five lanes which will be seven lanes at certain points to allow for deceleration lanes Traffic lights will be installed in front of WalMart and in front of the Western Auto Supply Co Goyer Road will have 500 ifeet of fourlane traffic going across Ind 22 before tapering off to three lanes and then two Bids for the construction project will be advertised this month by the state transportation depart ment Work on the project is expected to begin in the spring If the weather does not cause prob lems it will be completed this fall Let the Games begin Extravaganza opens Olympics L1LLEHAMMER Norway AP The preliminaries a hired thug the FBI a grand jury the plea bargain a lawsuit are just about finished The Lillehaminer Games remember theyre more than just figure skating are finally about to take center stage The Games begin today with ath letes from a record 69 coun tries hoping to collect gold sil ver and bronze Opening cere monies cant arrive soon enough after a week dominat ed by the loath triangle of Tonya Harding Nancy Kerrigan and the Olympic Committee The majority of questions asked of our teams have revolved around figure USOC Executive Director Harvey Schiller complained Friday Yes it has become a Maybe but its not going away Threetime Olympian Cammy Myler selected as flagbearer for the team was genuinely excited by the honor So natural ly she was asked Friday to corn merit twice on the Harding matter Questions about competition will come today when the puck drops at Haakon Hall for the Fin landCzechoslovakia hockey game the first tilt of the Games starting four hours before opening ceremonies Medal favorite Russia later takes on Norway and Austria faces Germany The official start of the 17th Winter Games comes in a two hour outdoor extravaganza set for Olympic Park in downtown Lille hammer Norwegian King Harald V will officially open the Games but the highlight should be a torchcarry ing ski jumper Alighting the Olympic flame It promises to be both spectacular and dangerous An understudy was called in after the first jumper suffered a concus sion Thursday in a practiceses sion tumble For the 155mcmber squad action kicks off Sunday with the hockey team renewing bad feel ings against the French The American men will compete that day in the luge and the downhill lugers Wendel Suckow and Duncan Kennedy both have medal hopes though defending gold medalist Georg Hackl of Ger many is back Tommy Moe and threetime Olympian AJ Kitt are Americas best hopes in the down hill Tonya Harding hearing postponed until Friday OREGON CITY Ore AP A judge urged Tonya Harding and the Olympic Committee on Friday to resolve their dispute over a disciplinary hearing saying he is genuinely concerned the controversy could disrupt the Winter Games The USOC agreed to postpone Hardings Olympic eligibility hearing from Tuesday until next Friday just three days before the USOC must submit its final roster for womens figure skating Clackamas County Circuit Judge Patrick Gilroy put off until at least Monday any decision on Hardings motion part of a million lawsuit to block the USOC hearing from taking place at all The ruling came less than one day before the Games opening ceremonies in Lillehaminer Nor way The judge said he was con cerned about the fairness of forc ing Harding to defend herself on such short notice at a hearing that could take away her Olympic And he said he was genuinely concerned what effect this process is going to have on the Olympic Games Gilroy said he hoped the case could be settled outside the courts I have requested the attorneys to speak with their principals to see if theres some way this matter might be resolved short frus trating and in some ways incom plete Gilroy said Hardings lawyer Dennis Rawl inson said he was optimistic the court would prevent the USOC from removing her from the team for her actions surrounding the Jan 6 attack on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan Tonya Harding has worked all of her life for the opportunity to represent her country in Lilleham he said If we take that opportunity away from her we can never never make it up to House approves quake disasterrelief measure WASHINGTON AP Con gress whistled through billion in Los Angeles earthquake relief on Friday coupling the aid with billion in spending cuts in a show of concern over the deficit The House voted 24565 for the measure staying in session despite a day of wintry weather that left the nations capital blan keted in ice Senate approval was automatically triggered by the House vote President Clinton said he hoped to sign the bill today and indicat ed the governments role in earth quake recovery would continue While shortterm disaster relief is absolutely necessary I want to assure that well be there over the long run as he said Im gratified at how quickly and generously they Rep Howard Berman said earlier as negotiators for the House and Senate wrapped up a final compromise on the bill The Jan 17 quake has been blamed for 61 deaths and proper ty damage estimated at bil lion Budget Director Leon Panet ta described the relief package as the costliest in the nations histo ry Earthquake relief aside the measure provides billion for Pentagon operations in Somalia Bosnia and elsewhere an addi tional million in disaster aid for the victims of last summers midwestern floods and mil lion to rebuild the Cypress Free way destroyed in a 1989 Califor nia quake Another million in previ ously approved lowincome nome heating assistance was approved for states hardest hit by the winter weather Support in Congress for the earthquake relief itself has been overwhelming from the outset but the billion bill generated substantial controversy over the other spending items as well as the issue of offsetting cuts to shel ter the deficit ;