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Elkhart Common Council takes steps to increase housing in the city

City of Elkhart
City of Elkhart

The Elkhart Common Council took steps to increase housing in the city on Monday.

The council voted 9 to 0 to rezone two former manufacturing sites on Sterling Avenue and South Main Street to allow developers to develop the sites into residential properties.

“Housing, increasing housing, remains a critical goal of this administration,” Mayor Rod Roberson said in a press release. “Our robust job market is driving a demand for housing within the city.”

Roberson noted that 60% of real estate searches for homes in Elkhart come from outside of the city, meaning people want to live in Elkhart.

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Kent Fulmer joined WVPE in August of 2020 to take on one of the station's most high profile roles as the local host of Morning Edition. Kent comes to WVPE with more than 20 years experience in radio in the Michiana area. During his career, Kent has had a variety of roles including DJ, reporter and newscaster, as well as several behind-the-scenes positions. Kent and his wife, Donna, are celebrating their 32nd wedding anniversary in 2020 and have lived in Elkhart County for almost 20 years. They have two adult daughters, Sarah and Rebecca. When not working, Kent is active as a musician, playing trumpet and flugelhorn. He has performed with a number of area bands. Currently he performs with the Phat Tuesday Dixieland Band and Jazz Assemblage, as well as his church's praise band. As a member of Jazz Assemblage, Kent has appeared at the Elkhart Jazz Festival several times. He also volunteers with Bugles Across America.