TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — At Thursday’s annual city report, Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett expressed great optimism for construction projects planned for 2021.
He said his biggest goals are to increase the city’s population, raise the median household income and have more homeowners occupy housing units.
Some of the biggest renovations will be for the first responders of Terre Haute. According to Mayor Bennett, the new Terre Haute Police Department building will be completed and ready for use by the end of August. Police cars both marked and unmarked will be joining the force.
On Highway 46, the construction of the new casino is set to start this year. Plans are also being discussed for a new fire department in that same area, a project that includes the purchase of two fire engines.
Neighborhood revitalization projects are set to see improvements with construction dates to be announced later this year. One targeted location is from 13th to 19th streets in the Ryves Hall area.
“I’ve mentioned a couple of things before, but it’s really coming together now. I’m feeling really good about where we are at,” Bennett said. “The plan is for plans like this to reach other areas of our city.”
Other neighborhoods can expect work to be completed through the Department of Redevelopment this year. Those areas include work at 13 1/2 St. and 14th St. from Washington Ave. to Dean Ave. The Washington Community Center will see a roof replacement.
Mayor Bennett emphasizes every action taken has been calculated.
“This isn’t just a group of people sitting in a room dreaming things up. This is about how do we move Terre Haute to the next level. Really, that’s what’s this is all about,” Bennett said.