A unanimous vote to move forward with the Terre Haute Convention Center

The Terre Haute Redevelopment Commission gave the final approval for the tax finance plan

Posted: Apr. 17, 2019 10:40 PM
Updated: Apr. 18, 2019 6:55 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) -- It's been months in the making and local leaders continue to take baby steps toward the finalization of a convention center in downtown Terre Haute.

That would include the convention center, a parking garage, a new hotel, and the larry bird museum.

On Wednesday the Terre Haute redevelopment commission met to make the final approval for the tax finance plan.

"Helping finance some projects related to that. So, the process started last month with the redevelopment commission approval, then it went to the area planning commission for their approval, last week it went to the city council for its approval," Steve Witt, Director of the department of redevelopment said. 

After going through all of those committees it finally landed back on the desk of the redevelopment commission.

The meeting was a public hearing, meaning if there were questions or concerns about the financing the public could ask.

However, no one at the meeting spoke up.

"Frankly, I would've been a little surprised if someone would've been here and asked questions because it has been out there and there's a lot of information that's readily available about the project," Witt said. 

Leaders say this Tax finance plan will not affect your wallet.

It's simply allowing money from the food and beverage tax to help pay for the convention center.

The next step for the project is for the interlocal agreement to be approved by the county council.

That meeting will happen on May 14th.

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