SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The City of Sullivan on Wednesday announced a new partner for their Sullivan Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. Ohio Valley Gas has joined the coalition to help continue its effort.
“We are here today to say a big thank you to Ohio Valley Gas,” Sullivan Mayor Clint Lamb said. “Which has joined this coalition and this partnership of neighborhood revitalization.”
The Sullivan Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative started on Jan. 1, 2012 and has already torn down 90 properties. The city is now starting to see new places come in their stead. There are duplexes built downtown and the very first project that was demolished, 409 West Donaldson Street, has a new family who owns it. Lamb said the point of these projects is to attract people into the city limits and to encourage current citizens to stay.
“It really is a simple concept of human capital.” he noted. “It is our greatest asset.”
Lamb said this is a “creative and innovative partnership” with Ohio Valley Gas who has and will continue to donate toward the construction costs. Ohio Valley Gas’s involvement will depend on the parcel. This is the very fist parcel they have partnered on, so it will change depending on the size of the home and where the home is located at.
“OVG has been the natural gas provider for Sullivan for over 75 years and I’ve been with them for over 30 of those so our “roots” are firmly established in and with the City of Sullivan.” Jim Bean, District Manager of Ohio Valley Gas. “We look forward to many great opportunities to serve the residents of Sullivan in the years to come.”
“We are doing things that, quite frankly, eight years ago many residents would have laughed at,” Lamb said. “And they would’ve said, ‘No way,’ because all they saw was an empty eyesore.”
Lamb said citizens can expect the city to continue with the They Gotta Go blight clearance program. The city completed one demolition last week and has more scheduled for later this fall and through 2021. Lamb said that while COVID-19 may have thrown a wrench in the plans, it’s not stopping the progress.