SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTHI)- Piece by piece the City of Sullivan is being restored.
Crew members tore down the first abandoned home of the season Friday to continue the eight-year tradition.
The mission is to clean up and revitalize neighborhoods in the area, starting with eyesores like abandoned homes.
The program was originally known as the blight elimination but has transformed into the "It's gotta go" restoration program.
The inspiration for change came in 2012 after the value of the city dropped by $26 million in value.
City leaders said the abandoned homes became far too familiar and changed was necessary.
Mayor Clint Lamb and others have efforted the project.
Since the start, there has been roughly 70 to 80 destroyed and rehabilitated properties.
"We knew we wanted to create a clean, vibrant community and neighborhoods is at the heart of that. It's where everybody lives, it's where you interact with your neighbors, it's home," said Lamb.
Local Taylor Hayes told News 10 that seeing the new buildings make her excited for the future.
"It's brought in so many people I feel like we've had a lot of new people moving into Sullivan. It's making it look so much better, especially the square, I just love it here. It's a cozy little town I think," said Hayes.
The projects will continue into the month and the next project will be located on the 300 block of East Harris Street.
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