Senator visits demolition site

U.S. Senator Todd Young, R-Indiana, right,  chats with Major General Courtney Carr at a demolition site in the 1900 block of Maryland Street in Gary. The Indiana National Guard is tearing down more than a dozen structures under an agreement that Young helped facilitate. 

GARY — The Indiana National Guard is expected to complete the demolition of 13 structures in the city's Fourth District by the end of this month.

U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, Friday joined Major General Courtney Carr, the head of the guard, in a visit to a demolition site in the 1900 block of Maryland Street.

Young said he saw some of the abandoned homes during a tour of the city with Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson in February. 

He then worked with the Indiana National Guard to allow them to come to the city to conduct demolitions through the use of funding from the Federal Asset Forfeiture Program.

Guard officials indicated earlier that Gary police believe the abandoned buildings targeted for demolition contribute to illegal drug activity in the area.

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Ed has been with The Times since January 2014. He previously covered government affairs for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers in Florida. Prior to Scripps, he was with the Chicago Regional Bureau of Copley News Service.