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4/20/2011 9:18:00 AM
Gary paves way for 60-unit shelter for homeless

Bob Kostanczuk, Post-Tribune

GARY — The Gary City Council approved the vacation of a public way Tuesday for a new 60-unit housing facility for the homeless.

Described by developers as permanent supportive housing for the homeless, South Shore Commons will be located in the area of 20th Avenue and Pierce Street in Gary, according to representatives of the development. Developers said the council Tuesday approved vacation of a street and alley to accommodate the project, which is intended to be completed by the summer of 2012.

The facility will be owned by Edgewater Systems for Balanced Living in Gary. It will have one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.

Gary will be getting a worthwhile building, developers say.

“You create a nationally recognized permanent supportive housing facility,” said Joseph Alamillo Jr., president of Hammond-based NSP Consultants LLC, which is involved in the creation of South Shore Commons.

Vernita Leslie, co-developer of the project, is executive director of the Broadway Area Community Development Corp. in Gary.

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