Project 365 to target new problem area

The city of Elkhart is banding together to transform one of its most troubled neighborhoods into a safe place to live.

Monday morning, Mayor Dick Moore announced a new target area for the city's Project 365 initiative.

Elkhart police will join forces with other city departments to revitalize the area just southeast of Middlebury and Richmond Streets, near Studebaker Park.

It is a year-long effort aimed at reducing crime and improving other aspects of life for residents, from cleaning up sidewalks and alleys, to tackling prostitution and drugs.

Mayor Moore said their goal is to send a message to criminals that they are not welcome in the city.

“We're not going to allow these people to live in fear of what you do,” said the mayor. “We're not going to allow you to trap our kids inside of our houses because it's unsafe for them to be out in their yards. We're not going to tolerate that. So if you're going to be practicing crime, you need to do it somewhere else because it's not going to work here anymore.”

This is the third problem neighborhood the city has worked to improve since Project 365 launched three years ago.

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