SHELBURN, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Two vacant properties will be demolished on Thursday as a part of the town’s downtown revitalization project.
One of the properties is an old bar and the other is a vacant 凯发K8国际手机版home.
Jay Southwood, Shelburn Clerk-Treasurer, said it’s time for a fresh start.
“We’ve just lost so much and it’ll never be what it was. But we want to just give people a reason to come downtown. That’s the thing. We’ll never have the large businesses we once had. But we can just make it a bedroom community for Terre Haute because it seems like Terre Haute keeps advancing further south,” Southwood said.
According to Southwood, the city’s goal is to bring back the population with new restaurants, businesses, and even a new park in the next few years.
“This population just keeps getting older and older. Our housing stock just keeps getting older and older. There’s nobody here to take car of it. There’s got to be young people out there who have better ideas than I do. We need younger people to be moving back into our communities,” he said.
Elizabeth Parsons has lived in and out of Shelburn all her life. She said she hopes the revitalization project will bring new opportunities.
“I would like to see more in this town. Shelburn hasn’t been the happening place my entire life. But it just keeps getting worse and worse and worse. It’s pretty run down and there’s not much to do the older I get. And it’s a shame because this is my 凯发K8国际手机版hometown,” Parsons said.
Southwood said he wants Shelburn residents to be able take pride in their town.
“We’re hoping this will be building blocks to get the downtown cleaned up and we have some viable properties. And hopefully we can spark some interest and just start building off that,” he said.
The demolition of the two properties will cost the city $12,000 and around $100,000 for land clean up.