Progress continues on downtown Terre Haute convention center

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Wednesday, more progress continued on the downtown Terre Haute convention center.

Officials say it is another step in hopes of having the facility finished during spring of 2022.

As plans for a downtown Terre Haute convention center continue developments on the project has brought optimism for some.

“As long as we’re bringing people from out of the city into our city and supporting our businesses, downtown, and filling up hotels, I think it’s great,” said Scout Wrin, owner of Scout’s Pizzeria.

Wednesday, after an agreement with current property owners, more signs of progress for the center were visible near the east parking lot of the Hilton Garden Inn.

“The property owners gave us access to their property to begin the demolition of the parking lots,” said Jon Marvel, president of Vigo County Capital Improvement Board.

Marvel says once the demolition of the parking lots are completed, beginning next week, cranes will be brought to downtown to begin working on the foundation of the convention center.

“Those cranes are responsible for drilling down into the soil to make the pilings for the two buildings to rest on,” Marvel said.

Also on Wednesday, some encouraging news for the project.

The Vigo County auditor says the food and beverage tax distribution for September was just over $180,000 dollars.

Officials say this was a pleasant surprise considering COVID-19 restrictions.

“There was one month when it decreased but it come roaring back the next month and it’s still holding steady with our projection early on,” Marvel said.

Marvel also says that the Capital Improvement Board will hire a firm to help design the Larry Bird museum planned for the convention center.

He says until the building is constructed thoughts and ideas will be shared on what exactly the museum should look like.

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