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Historic Buildings Set For Renovation

Vincennes, IN - They are buildings that have been around for hundreds of years.

"They've been around since the early early 1700's, 1800's and they are just part of the rich history of the Vincennes area," said Building Owner Chris Harmon.

Buildings like the Miller and Moore emporium, these days they serve lunch, but artifacts remain from the time it was a pharmacy.

"Dust and the old doctor bottles from the 1800's," said Harmon.

But preserving these historic buildings isn't easy.

"Maintenance of this massage is always one of the last things to be invested in to a lot of businesses especially these old buildings mall because they are small and there's not a lot of room for the modern-day retail store maintenance of this facade is always one of the last things to be invested in to a lot of businesses especially these old buildings because they are small and there's not a lot of room for the modern-day retail," said Harmon.

Now the city of Vincennes is hoping to make it easier after receiving a grant.

"I think it's going to keep our main street looking wonderful. I think it already looks great but this is a just a way of making sure helping the owners of those structures keep them up to date," said Mayor Joe Yochum.  

The city will receive 500-thousand dollars from a community development block grant. They will spend the funding on the appearance of downtown buildings. While it's a great opportunity for the businesses and building owners, they have to provide some of the cost.

"It is a grant that we have to invest 20% into it so it's not all free money. It's an investment from the business owner. They want to make sure that we're going to preserve this building and keep it."


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