Giving Vacant Buildings New Life


Communities work hard to eliminate abandoned and vacant homes. But sometimes, they may overlook the old business building that’s sat empty for decades. Luckily for Terre Haute, several abandoned buildings have recently received new life.

After a while, you may become so prone to driving past buildings that are lifeless and have been unoccupied for years you just forget about them. Along Wabash Avenue, there’s a few buildings in that category. But not anymore.

If you’re looking for a property company in town to help remodel an apartment or home, Complete Landlord Solutions in Terre Haute can certainly help.

“One of our niches as a business is we take a lot of properties and revitalize them. We’ve done numerous single family homes, duplexes, four-plex units, six-plex units and completely remodel them from head to toe to give tenants in the Terre Haute area a better living experience,” Jared Coley said, president of CLS.

Revitalizing properties is the foundation of Complete Landlord Solutions. The same can be said for its office location at 14th and Wabash Avenue.

“This building being so highly distressed, we felt that one day this building could potentially be torn down. We felt like there was a lot of potential in this building so we grabbed a hold of it, remodeled it from head to toe and brought new life to this building,” Coley added.

The building will soon offer four 2-bedroom units. Before CLS purchased it, windows were boarded up or knocked out, the interior was dilapidated and in need of serious renovations.

“It’s been about 3 years in the making, is what it’s been. It feels good to finally be here at the end and to get these units occupied,” Coley said.

Just one block west of CLS, you’ll find The Dance Studio. Brandon Halleck moved his business there less than a month ago. Before that, the structure at 13th and Wabash was vacant.

“We were kind of surprised it had sat empty for so long over these years. Somewhat interesting enough, it sometimes gets passed by and you didn’t even think about it,” Halleck explained.

Now, a property built in 1901 abandoned for many years gets new life.

“When we were telling people where we were moving, they all had to think, ‘now where is that building located again?'”

Just across the street sits the old Wadsworth Furnace building. Lifeless and empty. But now it’s one of the few vacant buildings along Wabash Avenue, thanks to The Dance Studio and CLS.

“It’s one of those things where you go around town and see empty buildings. Sometimes that just may give a wrong side of the economy or things like that. I think it’s important to get something back in those buildings,” Halleck explained.

The apartments at CLS will hit the market soon. Click here to find out more information.

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