Vincennes beginning to repair wall on Gimble corner

In 2011 Gimble Corner caught fire and burned to the ground. Now the only remains of the building is a open lot but you can still see the remnants of what happened that day on its neighboring building.

Posted: Apr 5, 2018 6:11 PM

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI)- Just off Main Street in Vincennes is the Anvil Training Center. Brian Stone has been training various forms of fighting here for years but their current location wasn't always going to be its original home.

"We had met the guy and we were speaking with him actually in the building and we had agreed, originally agreed to terms to use that place as the original place to open the gym," said Stone.

In 2011 Gimble Corner caught fire and burned to the ground forcing Stone to find a new home for his gym.

Now the only remains of the building is an open lot but you can still see the remnants of what happened that day on its neighboring building.

"Last fall we requested quotes with a couple different scopes. One of which was to build another wall in front of it basically to cover it up," said John Sprague the Vincennes City Engineer.

After weeks of delays, the city has turned the job over to a new contractor. One who will go through repairing and cleaning the old wall.

The project will cost roughly $50,000 but it's a necessary cost especially since the Gimble corner property gets used more and more each year.

"The Gimble corner has really been getting a lot of attention lately. Right now the school using it as a recreation area while they're going through their renovations," said Sprague.

As for Stone, he is happy to see this eyesore outside his gym get cleaned up. Showing how much this community cares about fixing up its main street.

"It’s nice to see the city putting forth some effort to clean it up, make it look nice. And like I said it's a win for everybody," said Stone.

Now it’s projected to take roughly a few months for the entire project to be completed. There are no current plans for the wall after the renovations but the city says they are open to ideas.

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