Developer seeking funding for Terre Haute housing project
The Vigo County Council on Tuesday voted to table a request for $500,000 in funding for a multi-million-dollar project in Terre Haute. Our partners at WTWO-TV report the move came at the request of the CEO of Mental Health America of West Central Indiana, which is leading the effort.
The organization is looking to add more than 40 low-income housing units to the city, as well as establish a new diversion center to work with incarcerated individuals. CEO Myra Wilkey last week requested the funding from the council, but has since asked to delay a vote.
“We made that in the best interest of the project,” Wilkey told WTWO. “I think there is possible other funding sources that we may be eligible for that we did not previously know about. We are going to do our due diligence and look into those funding sources prior to asking for county funds.”
Wilkey did not specify what the other funding sources would be. The organization has secured about $13.7 million for the project and is seeking an additional $1 million in total.
“I think we can do that a little bit behind the scenes, there’s still a little more work to be done and a couple more meetings probably have to take place, and then we’ll bring them both along, hopefully together,” Wilkey said.
Council President Todd Thacker told the station he was not surprised by the request to table the vote and is hopeful the project will come to fruition.
“The thing to me is, I didn’t want this to get in the way of a good project,” he said. “We need to work on and flesh those things out. I was unaware of her timeline, but she’s the one who came and asked, so we graciously granted her request.”
If the full funding is secured, Wilkey said construction could be complete in late 2024.