LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - An eyesore in a historic neighborhood will soon be torn down.
"I will look forward to the demolition," neighbor Barbara Dixon said. "It's a really big milestone."
"This has been a project of the neighborhood for over four years," neighbor Ken McCammon said.
City Leaders approved plans to demolish the former Midwest Rentals site, taking the next step in revitalizing the historic Centennial Neighborhood.
"Allowing us to get that facility down, really show people what the neighborhood looks like and what could go on that plot of land I think is a really really big step," Lafayette mayor Tony Roswarski said.
"This is the next step," McCammon said. "Once we get it taken down then developers can take a look at it and see what kind of project they can build. We're hoping for really nice upscale, market-rate townhomes."
Plans for the site include 14 to 18 housing units as part of the Centennial Townhomes project. The city is partnering with the Centennial Neighbors Investment Group and the Lafayette Urban Enterprise Association to find a developer to build the townhomes.
Neighbors said they're ready to take the next step to improve the historic neighborhood.
"What we envision is a place where young professionals who might have those same ideas of wanting to live a greener lifestyle can have very high-end housing and live downtown," Dixon said.
"It's just really close to downtown," McCammon said about the future site of the Centennial Townhomes. "You can walk to the bank, the Post Office, and restaurants. It's just a great place to live."
Demolition is expected to start on or before June 10.
The city and members of the Centennial Neighborhood are having a demolition celebration Saturday from noon to six at the future site of the Centennial Townhomes.
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