City of Sullivan breaks ground on new home project

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SULLIVAN Ind. (WTWO/WAVW) – Sullivan Mayor Clint Lamb said the first blighted property acquired by the city is getting a new look and a new owner.

409 West Donaldson Street is the inaugural site for the They Gotta Go program and the Sullivan Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. The city, in partnership with Divine Construction, will design and build homes throughout the city.

“This is basically a pilot program.” Lamb said. “This is the first time to see exactly how this works out and if it’s successful; and I feel very confident that it’s going to be. You’re going to see many more of these houses built throughout the city.”

Mayor Lamb said he expects great things from this program, but mostly he expects an improvement of “eyesores’ on some of the older parts of the city.

He said after the Donaldson house is completed, they will move forward to the other blighted properties to make improvements to them as well.

“The revitalization, that’s just the first step,” he said, noting that the next will be to make the properties homes once again.

Christy Pearison, co-owner of Divine Construction said she’s just happy to be a part of something that helps bring life back into Sullivan.

“Whether it be new people coming in,” Pearison said, “or whether it be new family is growing in Sullivan, or whether it be people who grew up here go away to college and come back, [we] give them a reason to come back. For me that makes me feel good that I can give back to my community.”

The home is expected to be finished this summer.

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