TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A new focus is being placed on the 12 Points area in Terre Haute.
“When you look at it today, it looks like it could use a little TLC. It could just use some energy, some investment,” said Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett.
Many years ago, 12 Points was once an important part of the local economy.
“People describe it as a ghost town in the last couple years. Even in the 70s it was thriving and there’s a bunch of local businesses people frequented. And I think, you know, with the mall and things like that over the course of the years, it kind of drew people away from this area,” said Jennifer Mullen-Perry, co-founder of the 12 Points Revitalization Initiative.
Mullen-Perry said her efforts started with a small action.
“If we can just try to help picking up one Polar Pop cup at a time, maybe it’ll spur some other activity. And maybe people will see it and want to be part of the process or be part of the change,” she said.
It grew into a larger goal.
“We’re an official non-profit now. We’re going to be eligible for more grant opportunities to maybe help some of the property owners,” said Mullen-Perry.
As part of restoring the area, new business is trickling in.
“There’s a new restaurant coming up there. There’s some people wanting to open up some businesses in some of those empty spaces.
New traditions, like a Christmas tree lighting in Gold Medal Park are a symbol of a bright future.
“That was a pretty good turn out. I think we’re going to continue to do it and it’s just going to grow.” Mullen Perry said.
For those interested in being part of the 12 Points Revitalization Initiative, the group meets every third Wednesday at Grace Community Church on Lafayette Avenue.