Bob Sargent

Developers and Kokomo city officials announced that a permanent supportive housing development planned for construction on Kokomo’s east side would be named after former Kokomo Mayor Bob Sargent.

The 35-unit housing development will be known as Sargent Place.

“This project focuses on helping people in need and providing them a hand up,” said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight. “So it is appropriate that we honor someone whose career in public service was defined by helping people.”

Advantix Development Corporation is developing Sargent Place with the support of Four County Counseling, Kokomo Housing Authority (KHA), the city of Kokomo, and Turning Point. The development aims to provide housing to homeless families where the head or co-head of household suffers from drug addiction or co-occurring mental illness.

The project also will offer on-site wraparound drug treatment and mental health services to tenants, and the development will act as the first of its kind in Howard County.

Advantix is applying for state tax credits from the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and will learn in November if the application is accepted. The proposed construction is slated to begin in spring 2019.

Robert “Bob” Sargent is best known to local residents as a two-term mayor of Kokomo, serving from 1988 to 1995. Sargent also served two-terms as Howard County Sheriff after a 22-year career with the Kokomo Police Department. While with KPD, Sargent rose to the rank of captain.

Sargent, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, served at the end of World War II and was part of group of local veterans who joined KPD after the war. During Sargent’s tenure as mayor, he established the Kokomo Urban Enterprise Zone and set in motion the plan to create Jackson Morrow Park.

Sargent served on the Child Abuse Advisory Board, the Child Abuse Task Force, Big Brothers, Big Sisters board, the Fraternal Order of Police as president, and the Indiana Sheriff’s Association as vice-president.