The city of Terre Haute is ready for round two of Indiana’s Blight Elimination Program. The city, along with its program partner, the Terre Haute Department of Redevelopment, have approved 27 vacant or blighted residential properties for demolition.
The city has already demolished 26 properties from its first round of the program and says there significant funds remaining to apply to additional properties. When the program is complete, the Terre Haute Department of Redevelopment expects an additional 40 to 50 properties will be demolished.
"The Blight Elimination Program has greatly benefited the community by providing significant funding to demolish condemned homes that create both a potentially unsafe and unsightly environment in our city," said Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett.
The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund, which aims to revitalize neighborhoods in cities throughout the state. The Department of Redevelopment says BEP applications from rounds one and two of the program have resulted in approximately $2 million in additional funding sources.
Grants and Planning Administrator Phil Kesner says the program will encourage future investment by stabilizing or raising property values in neighborhoods.