VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) - Frustrations are growing in a Wabash Valley community over a park project that is being stalled because it lacks a permit from the state.
The Vincennes Urban Enterprise Association has everything lined out to turn a vacant lot into a pocket park on Main Street, except a permit from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management that will let them get started.
Officials and business leaders say they've been waiting months for the document and want to get the project going.
A lot of effort has gone into making downtown Vincennes a nicer place to shop, but an area that was supposed to become an asset has now become a problem.
"Everyday we look at it and knowing some of the details of the project it seems as though it should have been done a long time ago and that's what's frustrating," said Rick Patterson from the Record Cellar that is located across the street.
The vacant weed filled lot is supposed to become a small park with landscaping and restrooms, but the project is on hold because it is missing a permit.
"We're trying to make our community better and then to get stalled like this, it just tears everyones enthusiasm up and we don't have anywhere to go until we get that permit to do this," said President of the Vincennes Urban Enterprise Association, Shirley Rose.
Local officials say they knew the property at one time had a printing company operating on it and they expected some soil contamination.
That is why they brought the state on board early in the process.
"We jumped on it," said Rose. "We followed all the rules and all the procedures. We didn't skip anybody and that's why it went to the state level."
Local leaders say they don't want money or special treatment.
They just want the state to finish its job, so that the community can get the park built before another summer is gone.
The U.E.A. has brought State Representative Kreg Battles in to try and find out what has happened to the permit.
Battles tells News 10 he is making progress on trying to get the permit moving, but adds this has been going on way too long.
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