Queue the cattle cars, because Riverview Tower will be the next pawn in City Hall’s luxury enhancement crusade.

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Satire alert: Trump tells Gahan,
“I can fix your Riverview Tower problem.”

It’s another underachieving puff piece by Chris Morris, who someday might consider ASKING some of those questions referenced in the banner, although if he did, journalism might break out — and then what?

Can we be honest? The Jeffersonville newspaper as currently constituted displays no interest in what lies beneath the Team Gahan’s public machinations.

Morris invariably accepts what he’s told by people with whom he’s schmoozed for decades. In terms of information, it’s a closed loop. The newspaper should be comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable; instead, it hoists a series of feel-good stories amid just enough Pavlovian click bait (crime and drugs and roundabouts, oh my!) to juice its advertisers — which include THE CITY OF NEW ALBANY.

Meanwhile, Jeff Gahan is far more concerned with affixing blame to decapitated predecessors for Riverview’s deteriorating condition than manning up to own the crisis sparked by his own ill-considered hostile takeover of public housing.

Gahan’s is the least transparent mayor in the city’s history, but when it comes to greed, his intent cannot be disguised.

If Riverview Tower is doomed owing to irreparable physical problems, then residents can be scattered for their own good (as Gauleiter Duggins ineptly signaled to the inattentive reporter, below). The building would come down, and then the property sold for for the sort of “luxury” high-rise development that’s eternally more conducive to the engorged mayoral ego than any conceivable dose of Viagra.

It’s “why he’s here,” forever fascinated by those bright shiny baubles capable of generating campaign funds, as opposed to actual human beings and their needs, which he simply cannot fathom in a month of Sundays.

By the way, hasn’t Duggins long since shed the “interim” prefix?

It’s a permanent, stupefyingly overpaid position at this point … well, at least until January of 2020, when a new mayor graciously will allow Duggins to seek his panacea of a comfy sinecure in the private sector, and the next in a series of dismally failed career moves.

Questions still surround Riverview Tower in New Albany, by Chris Morris

 .. David Duggins, interim director of the New Albany Housing Authority, said Riverview is currently being serviced by a temporary electrical system. He said it would cost $4 million-plus to make a permanent fix and redesign the electrical system. So far NAHA, its insurance company and the Housing and Urban Development Department have spent $600,000 for repairs and other costs associated with the building.

He said decisions will have to be made down the road on the building’s future.

“Everything is working and it’s safe. We have an electrical contractor walk through the building twice a week,” he said. “But it’s not a permanent fix. The system dates back to the 1970s. We need to look and made decisions moving forward on what is best for our residents.”

Duggins said he plans on meeting with each Riverview resident one-on-one beginning early next year to discuss their situation and see what fits them best. There are 160 units at Riverview but right now around 35 are vacant.

“We want to be more involved and help families make decisions … let them know the services NAHA provides and other housing options,” he said …

 … Duggins said there are some residents at Riverview who likely would be better off living in an assisted living facility which they would be eligible for with a Medicaid waiver. He said he has tried to show them what housing choices are available in the community.

“We have kept them informed with everything going on here,” he said. “Our main focus has always been the residents, most of whom are elderly, to make sure they are taken care of and to educate them on all the services they have available to them.”

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