TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Big changes are on the way for low income housing resident in Terre Haute. In a meeting with residents Friday afternoon, the Terre Haute's Housing Authority mapped out the future for residents of the Deming Center.
It is a staple of the downtown backdrop in Terre Haute. Along Cherry Street rests the Deming Center.
In the early 1900's it was a hotel, but now its home. A home that, since May has given residents like Tony Ferres an uncertain plan for their future.
As you might remember back then Terre Haute Housing Authority said they would close the building within the next few years.
Friday, the housing authority cleared the air with residents in a meeting. The news media was barred from attending, but Ferres said it was meant just residents.
"All they wanted to do was calm people down," Ferres explained. "Let them know they are not going to be on the street. Everybody is gonna have a place to live and that's basically what (officials) were trying to (explain.) "
Other residents said they were showed the preliminary plans for the future housing authority building at the old Warren School.
Those plans involve 200 more square feet per apartment and new amenities. They said they've been told before the Deming Center closes they hope to have each person in a new residence, even if it isn't the Warren Village.
For Ferres, the meeting cleared up most of his questions.
"I feel great about it, just take it in stride," he said.
"It's gonna go, once they get one wing built I'm sure they are gonna start moving people in. As they do that. The transition will probably be pretty great."
However, not all residents share Ferres' view.
"I just don't think that a new shining building with 200 more square feet and a few amenities is gonna make up for the kind of neighborhood and the services that we will have available to us," Ward Levin, a concerned resident said.
Regardless, all residents will be moving as the historic building inches closer to the next chapter in its life.
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