Twelve Points Neighborhood Revitalization Needed

By Kyle Inskeep

Published 08/01 2014 02:01PM

Updated 08/01 2014 07:23PM

Closed businesses, boarded-up store fronts, and graffiti murals welcome you as you drive-up to the Twelve Points neighborhood in Terre Haute.

"I feel as if every place is moving south or moving out," Theresa Wood said.
A dream of something greater for this historic neighborhood is why Jay Jones purchased the iconic Twelve Points Hotel in the late 1990's.

"I had the vision of a Broadripple type of neighborhood," Jones said.  

A vision he recently lost sight of.

"It's for sale now," Jones said.

He's hoping to find a buyer who can afford to make his one-time dream a reality.

"It takes a lot of money. You can't just have an idea, you have to have a lot of money behind it," Jones said. 

Jimmy Saliju owns not one, but two businesses in the Twelve Points neighborhood.

He opened the Old Bank Grille in 2011.

And just this summer opened Jimmy's Gelato at the site of the former Twelve Points Bank building.

"I thought this area would be good to invest," Saliju said.   

He's made a sizable investment in the neighborhood.

Spending millions to attract customers to his two businesses.

"Hopefully other people will do what I did and invest here, because Twelve Points will be a better place," Saliju said.

Leading by example.

"I think I made a good move and other people just need to follow," Saliju said. 

And that's exactly what neighbors are hoping for.

"It's a nice place, it's not bad at all," Patti Didier said.

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