Heaton Has Plan for Potential $35 Million Hulman Center Renovation

By Kellie Bartoli

Published 02/11 2014 05:21PM

Updated 02/11 2014 07:41PM

The 40-year-old Hulman Center could soon see some renovations - and a local politician wants to help the $35 million price tag.

State Representative Bob Heaton has asked the General Assembly to create a sports district.

That means some of sales tax collected there and other nearby businesses would be diverted from going back to the state, and instead stay in Terre Haute for that specific project.

He says there's a need for upgrades to the Hulman Center, and it would benefit the entire community, without costing individuals.

"It's nice to people not having the people to have increases on their taxes to pay for something like this. It's nice to say to Indianapolis, hey we want to capture some of that sales tax revenue and instead of sending it to you, we want to utilize here in the Wabash Valley," said Rep. Heaton.  "If we could capture those sales tax revenue dollars there in Terre Haute and keep them there instead of sending that to Indianapolis, that's all the better to do that."

Heaton says the sales tax for the project would come from some area hotels, the mall, and the Hulman Center itself.

The Indiana General Assembly could decide in the next week or two on creating the sports district.

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