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RDA receives request from Huntington

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2016

Several leaders from the city of Huntington pitched their request to the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) in Geneva on Tuesday, November 15. The group was asking for Regional Cities funding for the UB Block. The request came from the city of Huntington, Huntington University, Pathfinder Services and Anderson Partners, an Indianapolis developer.

The three-building block across from Huntington’s courthouse would be revitalized into what’s being called the UB Block. UB is short for United Brethren in Christ, an evangelical denomination affiliated with Huntington University. The four-story buildings would include areas for commercial, retail and residential occupants.

The portion designated for a business incubator would be run by Huntington University, which plans to expand its programs that focus on entrepreneurship and economic and civic collaboration. That space would include offices, a conference room, a classroom and a small kitchen.

Pathfinder would run a first-floor coffee shop and art gallery. Pathfinder’s mission is to create opportunities for people with physical, developmental and economic challenges. Also included in the presentation were market rate apartments that would take up the upper floors of the building.

The estimated cost of the project is $8 million. Developers of the project are asking for $1.6 million. The Regional Cities program has placed a priority on developing downtowns, bringing residential units downtown, supporting small business development and advancing the arts.

“This project checks many of those boxes,” said Michael Galbraith, director of The Road to One Million. Galbraith went on to say “What’s neat about this project is that its right smack dab in the middle of Huntington.”