TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A new look for downtown Terre Haute is headed to the state for approval. In the past we've told you about a proposed downtown project that would change an entire city block and replace it with student housing and retail. But where is the project headed now?
Wabash Avenue is the main drag of downtown Terre Haute, but its abandoned buildings near 5th Street are what the city said drags down not only the look, but the life of a downtown. It’s why the city and Indiana State University have teamed up to find a solution.
"When we have a potential developer or potential business into our community, into the downtown perhaps, we no longer have to take them past this blighted block,” Cliff Lambert Head of Terre Haute’s Department of Redevelopment said.
Its a block that even now has a little foot traffic. If you stand at 5th and Wabash on the first day of classes you can see students have made the stretch a primary destination.
That’s why the city and Indiana State's plan to redevelop this property includes downtown student housing.
"The ground floor will be 20,000 square feet of commercial business opportunity and the following four floors, a five story building; for the most part the following four floors will house ISU students,” Lambert said.
But, as to the future of the project, that relies on the state now.
"The due diligence that the state budget committee is under taking at this point will go on through September,” Lambert explained.
“We hope to have very positive resolution to this project and a green light to go forward by the first of October."
Right when students hit the heart of their classes, a plan to change the heart of downtown may finally take off.
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