The West Terre Haute Redevelopment Committee started a project that they believe will grow their community.
The committee acquired seven blighted properties from Vigo County commissioners and plan to turn the areas into home, garages or gardens for the community.
“We’ve had some people that would like to buy a lot, maybe put a garage on it because they live right next door,” says West Terre Haute Redevelopment Committee Chair, Larry Cassagne. “We’ve had some one talking about coming in and buy three or four and putting houses on them.”
Cassagne says West Terre Haute is seeing an uptick of interest in the area which could potentially lead to new people and businesses in the area.
“There is a lot happening. We have two or three people wanting to start little businesses and it is just an opportune time for us to show that West Terre Haute to come and do business in,” says Cassagne.
However, the already established businesses in the city should see more profit when the projects are complete, according to Cassagne.
Businesses such as Grandma Vera’s are excited to welcome new growth to the area.
“They’ve done a lot of improvements over the last few years and it brings a lot of new faces to us and makes us look better. It makes everyone better and it makes every business look better to outsiders,” says co-owner of Grandma Vera’s, Chastity Bedwell.
The demolition of the old properties is expected to last until August.