Downtown Convention Center Designs Unveiled

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Officials in Terre Haute are planning some new additions to the downtown. The plans include a convention center, hotel and parking garage just to name a few. And Monday night the public got a first look on the designs.  

Take a look at Terre Haute’s possible future. 

Designs for the proposed downtown Terre Haute convention center were unveiled.  

“I was anxious to see what all was happening and you know I just love the things that we hear on the news about it, so I just wanted to come down and see for myself, Pat Boatman said.  

Tuesday night the Vigo County Capital Improvement Board and the Nations Group revealed the designs, which included renderings of the outside of the convention center, the ball room, the public space between cooper bar and hotel courtyard and more.  

Terre Haute native Pat Boatman attended the event and believes the new center will be an asset. 

“Oh the things that it will bring and the things that we are going to get to see that we’ve missed out on,” Boatman said. “The size is great. It will really help Terre Haute and we are looking forward to it.”  

That sentiment was echoed by city and county leaders.  

“It will bring more tourist more tax revenue and therefore a better quality of life for those of us who reside here in Vigo County and Terre Haute,” John Marvel said.  

The site will be located between Wabash Avenue, Cherry, 8th and 9th Street. 

The convention center will have 2 floors and be more than 42 thousand square feet. 

The size is equal to Bloomington’s convention center. 

It will be large enough to fit approximately one thousand people in the main ballroom.  

Mayor Duke Bennett was excited about the turnout for the announcement. 

“I think this is what this was all about, to get it out there, show them kind of the lay out, kind of the design, what this is going to look like and how it’s going to function,” Mayor Duke Bennett said. “And then all of the sudden people were like, you know what? This makes a ton of sense. We love it.”  

“Why would you put a convention center in Terre Haute? Well if you don’t do it for yourself, nobody is going to do it for you and for our families that our younger it’ll be a great thing to have here,” Brad Anderson said.  

Nations Group will continue to work out designs and in February the Terre Haute City Council will vote on a proposal to close down a portion of 8th Street for the project.  

Mayor Duke Bennett told me that he’s confident the vote will pass.  

It’s anticipated that the convention center will be completed by the end of 2020.

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