Student housing project draws concern

Student housing project draws concern

There are 42 comments on the WTHI-TV Terre Haute story from Apr 13, 2012, titled Student housing project draws concern. In it, WTHI-TV Terre Haute reports that:

Plans to add new student housing and business space in downtown Terre Haute are drawing concern from a historical preservation group about one of the locations being considered for the project.

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Since: Mar 12

United States

#1 Apr 14, 2012
I AM SO SICK OF TERRE HAUTE HANDING OVER HISTORICAL BUILDINGS AND CITY STREETS TO ISU!! YES I AM YELLING.
Not stupid

Terre Haute, IN

#2 Apr 14, 2012
Enough 4164 wrote:
I AM SO SICK OF TERRE HAUTE HANDING OVER HISTORICAL BUILDINGS AND CITY STREETS TO ISU!! YES I AM YELLING.
Ya much better to let them sit and deteriorate amd make the down town area look worse than it already does. Real smart.
Ring tail coot

Clinton, IN

#3 Apr 14, 2012
Gee Not Stupid, surely the owner or some group or person could keep up with maintenance on these wonderful old heirlooms. The National Historical Register helps with ours.
Ms Hedy

United States

#4 Apr 14, 2012
Felt that way about the TH House until the beautiful motel took it's place. I'm sure plenty of people have taken advantage of its amenities .
The children's museum was a welcomed sight!
We can't live inthe past if we want our future to grow and flourish. There has to be change.
Iremember the Schultz, 10 cent store... They're all gone and the patrons that kept them going.
Bottom line: we need the downtown to step up and become successful again and a few business's that are there now isn't enough.
Ring tail coot

Clinton, IN

#5 Apr 14, 2012
It's true but other areas of the country seem to find a way to utilize their history while making the present profitable.
Not stupid

Terre Haute, IN

#6 Apr 14, 2012
Ring tail coot wrote:
Gee Not Stupid, surely the owner or some group or person could keep up with maintenance on these wonderful old heirlooms. The National Historical Register helps with ours.
Ya Todd maybe the The National Historical Register could use some of that extra tax money the government has layin around to pay for the fixin up. If not they could just raise our taxes. Unless you want to reach into your own pocket to do it! Uh.....wouldnt want to do that though would you ;)
Ms Hedy

United States

#7 Apr 14, 2012
I'm sure they do but were talking about TH. It's kind of like "all or nothing" around here. If ya know what I mean :(
Ring tail coot

Clinton, IN

#8 Apr 14, 2012
Not stupid wrote:
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Ya Todd maybe the The National Historical Register could use some of that extra tax money the government has layin around to pay for the fixin up. If not they could just raise our taxes. Unless you want to reach into your own pocket to do it! Uh.....wouldnt want to do that though would you ;)
Desperate aren't ya. There are several homes in Vigo county that qualify for National Historic Register support. The money is funded to them to be used for this purpose. It is set up strictly for this and should be used rather than left idle. Family owned farms and homes are a national treasure and should be preserved.
And no I'm not Todd and don't know who you refer to.

Since: Mar 12

United States

#9 Apr 14, 2012
Well maybe all these extra taxes we pay could pay to restore them, oh no wait, that would take money out of the politicians pockets. Or maybe the lottery money that was supposed to go to schools etc. They can be restored and damn well should be. Terre Haute spent all that money restoring the federal courthouse and handed it to ISU for practically nothing. The list goes on and on and on and on........ The sheeple of Terre Haute will lay over and take it again.
Not stupid

Terre Haute, IN

#10 Apr 14, 2012
Ring tail coot wrote:
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Desperate aren't ya. There are several homes in Vigo county that qualify for National Historic Register support. The money is funded to them to be used for this purpose. It is set up strictly for this and should be used rather than left idle. Family owned farms and homes are a national treasure and should be preserved.
And no I'm not Todd and don't know who you refer to.
Its still money that the gov. doesnt have. The country is broke and it is because it pisses all our tax money on stupid crap like you suggest. If some rich people want to buy this old property and spend their own money fixing it up I wouldnt have a problem with it. Maybe you should get out and start a foundation to raise money for this purpose! You could go door to door and ask for donations. Oh....but then you would have to do something instead of sitting on your butt bitching ;)
Momma

Clinton, IN

#11 Apr 14, 2012
Whether you approve or not, money goes into a fund for the National Historic Register to be USED. It's there to be appropriated by the National Park Service to preserve important historical locations.
So I guess I'm asking if you would bypass visiting Thomas Jefferson's Monticello since it's old and shouldn't use tax dollars to preserve it? Or Abraham Lincoln's home and library? Or the plantations in Louisiana or the Carolinas? Or the National Battlefield in Maryland? Or the Hermitage, the Alamo, Mt Vernon, Ford's Theatre?
We all benefit from this funding project and so do later generations.
Not stupid

Terre Haute, IN

#12 Apr 14, 2012
Momma wrote:
Whether you approve or not, money goes into a fund for the National Historic Register to be USED. It's there to be appropriated by the National Park Service to preserve important historical locations.
So I guess I'm asking if you would bypass visiting Thomas Jefferson's Monticello since it's old and shouldn't use tax dollars to preserve it? Or Abraham Lincoln's home and library? Or the plantations in Louisiana or the Carolinas? Or the National Battlefield in Maryland? Or the Hermitage, the Alamo, Mt Vernon, Ford's Theatre?
We all benefit from this funding project and so do later generations.
Jeez great speach Momma but downtown Terre Haute isnt quite the same as Monticello now is it?
Momma

Clinton, IN

#13 Apr 14, 2012
Not stupid wrote:
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Jeez great speach Momma but downtown Terre Haute isnt quite the same as Monticello now is it?
Why should it be treated any different? Maybe if our previous citizens had honored our history we would have something worthwhile in this area.

Can't you just have a civil debate, do you have to sneer in every post?
Purple Jester

Terre Haute, IN

#14 Apr 14, 2012
Just like the courthouse and many other buildings--they need to GO. An above poster pointed out the Hilton Garden Inn as an example. Grandma and Grandpadidnt live forever, neither should these symbols of stagnation. There are plenty of towns around thought fought-and kept these old buildings, we now call them ghost towns.
Not stupid

Terre Haute, IN

#15 Apr 14, 2012
Momma wrote:
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Why should it be treated any different? Maybe if our previous citizens had honored our history we would have something worthwhile in this area.
Can't you just have a civil debate, do you have to sneer in every post?
Sorry Momma its just that your bleeding heart liberal posts are always sooooooo stupid its hard not to sneer.
Blah

Terre Haute, IN

#16 Apr 14, 2012
I can appreciate the preservation argument just as I can the renovation and modernization argument. I see both sides and tip my hat to both.

The problem is that whether you approach it from a conservative standpoint or whether you approach it from a liberal standpoint, one thing is for certain: Terre Haute sucks more often than it doesn't due to how there's practically nothing in it to offer new people and business. The only way to change this is roll with the tides.

But in doing so, we can still preserve what this town has.

Stop belittling each idea and waging wars against each other. Start thinking smarter. Start opening your mind to possibilities and instead, start banning together to formulate ways in which you can implement new movements where everyone wins.

Our worst enemy is ourselves. How long is it going to take people to understand this, but most importantly, how long is it going to take everyone to realize that if we just focus on the positive, we can change things for the better?
Momma

Clinton, IN

#17 Apr 14, 2012
Not stupid wrote:
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Sorry Momma its just that your bleeding heart liberal posts are always sooooooo stupid its hard not to sneer.
Sugar, I'm not a f'n liberal and I don't tolerate chosen stupidity well. What I am is a realist.

Maybe you should look up the definition of liberal and educate yourself. Here's a starter for you.

lib·er·al/&#712;lib(&# 601;)r&#601;l/
Adjective:
Open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values.

“The Ministry of Information”

Since: Jan 12

Terre Haute, In

#18 Apr 14, 2012
Not stupid wrote:
<quoted text>Sorry Momma its just that your bleeding heart liberal posts are always sooooooo stupid its hard not to sneer.
Momma is making you look stupid. Her statements appear to be quite conservative.
Todd Nation

Brazil, IN

#19 Apr 14, 2012
It's important to note that those of us who care about rehabilitating and preserving noteworthy historical buildings aren't advocating "doing nothing" with what's left of Wabash Avenue's 500 block. The 100,000 square feet of built space in those buildings is ripe for conversion into upstairs housing and ground floor retail.

This is not an original or particularly risky idea. If you look around downtown, you will see properties that have gone through this process that make significant, positive contributions to downtown's atmosphere. Goetz Printing, my property at 7th and Wabash, Corey's Fine Footwear, the Saratoga and the White Block across the street from it are all examples of historic buildings that have been adaptively reused over the last decade.

In my opinion, the only thing that distinguishes the above-listed buildings from those that ISU, Thompson Thrift, Joe Selliken and the Ellises are contemplating tearing down is owner will. Rehab projects take hard work, stamina and investment -- but the end result pays.

If ISU really wants to "energize downtown", they should buy the buildings being offered on Wabash Avenue's 500 block, build their new building on the already-cleared surface parking lots stretching from Wabash to Cherry along 5th Street, and sell the historic properties in question for what they paid to people who want to invest in a downtown. I'll be first in line to buy one.
Not stupid

Terre Haute, IN

#20 Apr 14, 2012
Keep Calm and Carry On wrote:
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Momma is making you look stupid. Her statements appear to be quite conservative.
Comparing old worn out buildings in Terre Haute with National Monuments isnt stupid? Wasting tax dollars on pet projects because its there is conservative?

Oh ya and my fav "the more you have of something doesnt effect the supply."

Shes a real brainiac ;)

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