Deming Center Changes Approaching

By Melissa Crash

Published 08/12 2014 04:18PM

Updated 08/12 2014 07:24PM

One local counseling agency is desperately looking for a new home, and isn't sure what the future holds.

The FSA Counseling Center is currently located in the Deming Center.

But they have until the end of the year to pack up and move.

FSA Counseling has provided therapy and prevention services since 1862 for the Wabash Valley.

For the past 30 years, the agency has operated with rent and utilities free at the Deming Center location, they aren't sure what the next step is when they have to move.

The offices of FSA Counseling Center, located in the Deming Center on 6th and Cherry Street must be out by the end of the year. With that date approaching, center officials anticipate a huge impact.

Janet McBride, the Executive Director of FSA Counseling Center said, "We'll do everything we can, and hope the community can provide the support."

The center provides domestic abuse counseling, and many other types of programs. This year, they've seen close to 1,100 patients, almost double from the past year.

"So all those things we hope to continue to, but those are all of the services that are at risk," said McBride.

They hope to find another location downtown, but funding is the major concern. At this time, they don't have a new location set.

"We have a very generous donation, so we're looking to purchase a building, but we're also finding we need many more donations to be able to do that," said McBride.

On the other hand, tenants like Arts Illiana are able stay. The Terre Haute Housing Authority sold the Deming Center to Core Redevelopment. It hopes the changes will bring more foot traffic to downtown.

Jon Robeson, the Executive Director of Arts Illiana said, "But this little corner downtown hasn't quite seen it, and some big things are happening."

The tenants that are staying admit to conflicting emotions.

"FSA provides a very valuable community service and we think we provide an important community service too, and the tenants here are going to be moving into a nice facility, but we'll miss having them around, we'll miss having them downtown," said Robeson.

Whether they're staying or going, both agencies will experience a new challenge.

"We're excited about the possibilities," said Robeson.

Once construction begins, the Deming Center will be transformed to one and two bedroom apartments.

With commercial businesses on the ground floor, Arts Illiana has some changes they will have to go through as well.

There are talks of an expansion for the art gallery, and a change in the cost of rent.

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