Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
A potential senior housing development could be in the works in Corydon after a representative from Woda Cooper Companies approached the Harrison County commissioners at their meeting Monday evening to request verbal support in moving forward with the project.
Woda Cooper Companies is an integrated real estate firm that handles the design, development, construction and property management of the housing buildings it constructs. It owns and operates more than 16,000 units in 16 states and hopes to make a space on Poolside Drive NW off of S.R. 337 its next location.
Gregory Mustric, a representative for Woda, explained to the commissioners that, if the application is accepted from the state, Woda intends to construct a three-story housing building with an elevator, a community room, a community garden and other amenities at the location.
Mustric noted that Woda was not asking for any monetary support from the county but would just like to be able to attach the commissioners’ vocal support to its application to the state before going under contract.
Commissioner Charlie Crawford was not in attendance at the meeting, but both Jim Heitkemper and Nelson Stepro said they thought this was a good addition to the county and support Woda’s plan moving forward.
Eric Wise, the county planner, also stated from the audience that he supported this addition to the area. He said the county would have to change a zone nearby from commercial to residential, but that would not be a problem.
Jeremy McKim, the county coroner, approached the commissioners requesting an additional $40,000. He said that when the council created this year’s budget, he had requested $75,000 and was only allocated $35,000.
“I’m about two autopsies behind where we were at this point last year,” McKim said. “And if autopsies have to be done, then they have to be done, and I’ll need the funding for that.”
Stepro made a motion that McKim take this issue before the council at its next meeting, scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. The motion was seconded by Heitkemper and passed unanimously.
A few personnel issues were also taken care of at the meeting, as the commissioners approved the contract extension of Sonya Rhodes, a COVID-19 test facilitator with the Harrison County Health Dept. through June of 2022, and the hiring of Sandra Smith as a part-time kennel technician with Harrison County Animal Control.
The next commissioners’ meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 6, at 8:30 a.m. at the government center. (It was moved from the first Monday of the month due to the Fourth of July holiday.)