President Bradley: Don't Demolish Downtown Landmarks for Student Housing
  • Petitioned Todd Nation

This petition was delivered to:

Terre Haute City Councilman, 4th District
Todd Nation
President, Indiana State University
Dan Bradley
Vice President, Business Affairs, Indiana State University
Diann McKee

President Bradley: Don't Demolish Downtown Landmarks for Student Housing

    1. Todd Nation
    2. Petition by

      Todd Nation

      Terre Haute, IN

Indiana State University is focusing on the north side of Wabash Avenue's 500 block as the site for Phase 1 of their Downtown Student Housing project. That block features four vacant buildings that are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which together contain over 100,000 square feet of built space.

These buildings are all readily-adaptable for upstairs housing and ground floor retail. They are located on the National Road, which has been designated a National Scenic Byway.

These local landmarks should not be demolished to make way for student housing, especially since there are many other sites downtown that could accommodate what ISU wants to build. We ask that no National Register-listed buildings be demolished to realize the potentially very positive steps that ISU is planning that will bring student housing to downtown Terre Haute.

For more information about Terre Haute Landmarks and this issue, check out our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/TerreHauteLandmarks

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Student housing project draws concern

      Todd Nation
      Petition Organizer

      Here's the piece that WTHI did yesterday on ISU student housing at 6th and Wabash. Kudos to reporter Joe Astrouski and videographer Tony Kassissieh -- shine that light!

    3. Reached 100 signatures
    4. Historic group worried about future of buildings, starts online petition

      Todd Nation
      Petition Organizer

      Here's the other story about Wabash Avenue's 500 block from today's Tribune-Star.

    5. Developer eyes block: Site of historic buildings could become ISU housing

      Todd Nation
      Petition Organizer

      This piece from the April 13 Tribune-Star gives a good overview of what is happening on Wabash Avenue's 500 block. Check out the companion story too, in the next link.

    6. Reached 50 signatures

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    • D L OTTAWA, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      All historic buildings should be preserved and restored to their original state for future generations to enjoy.

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    • Pamela Hudgens WEST TERRE HAUTE, IN
      • about 2 years ago

      these building represent TH history. The beautiful black marble of the old jewelry store, the pink facade of the Ellis building, the spacious glass store front of the middle building - all could be utilized by ISU.

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    • Margaret Fulsom TERRE HAUTE, IN
      • about 2 years ago

      I've seen the new commercial buildings that are being built in and around Terre Haute and I have serious doubts that they will be usable in 15-20 years, let alone 100+. Why not keep and use the unique buildings that have stood the test of time? It seems to me to be not only the best choice aesthetically but also economically.

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    • Jane Santucci TERRE HAUTE, IN
      • about 2 years ago

      I am not from this area, but one thing I enjoy when I visit other small towns is seeing their city for what it was back in its hay day. I have not done any independent research on how these buildings were constructed, but I can only guess they were made by hand. I envision those buildings to be loft/apartment style buildings with retail on the bottom floor. Some lucky individuals will be able to afford to live downtown, pull their curtains to the side and see cars driving by and people walking on the streets below. Old buildings have character, new buildings are stamped pieces put together like legos. All we need is a grocery store like Terre Foods downtown and people will have little reason to drive, they can walk to all of their favorite places. While most of our downtown has already been torn or burnt down one should consider the tourism value. Have you visited Madison, Indiana? They receive thousands of visitors a year just to see their historic downtown. http://visitmadison.org/

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    • Brenda Simmons TERRE HAUTE, IN
      • about 2 years ago

      As a double graduate of ISU (1983 and 2008) and a 22 year resident of the historic neighborhood of Farrington's Grove I feel the history of Terre Haute needs to remain standing. Ask Mrs. Cook, who along side her husband help remain the historic preservation of downtown Bloomington and West Baden, why it is important to preserve our history!!!

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