Another building is coming down in Lafayette's historic Five Points

The property on 1626 and 1628 Main Street will become the staging area for the Weaver building demolition.

Posted: Sep 3, 2019 12:49 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Another piece of Lafayette's historic five points intersection is coming down.

The property on 1626 and 1628 Main Street is a property connected to the E.M. Weaver building.

As we've previously reported, the Weaver building was already going to be torn down. However, part of it already collapsed last week.

Owner Dan Vierk is buying the Main Street property.

He said it will become the staging area for the Weaver building demolition.

"It's going to be necessary in order to facilitate taking 1600 to 1624 Main Street in order to protect South Street and Main Street," he said. "It's kind of a precarious corner to take down without causing problems."

The board of works waved the historic preservation's suggested 60-day waiting periodTuesday.

Vierk said it's not necessarily a blow to the city's history.

"The building next to it really isn't historic," he explained. "The whole front and the facade has been changed. There's really no historical significance to it."

Vierk said he closes on the building Sept. 13.

He hopes to start tearing it down soon after so demo can be finished on the Weaver building.

Vierk shared his vision for the space after the Weaver building is gone.

This rendering was created by Purdue Professor Clark Cory. Vierk said it's what the historic building looked like when it was built in 1867.

He said he wants to make a $6 to $8 million dollar investment to rebuild on the soon to be empty lot.

His vision includes a replica of the original building on the first two levels. Vierk would like to see condos on the top floor.

Right now, he's needing input from architects before any plans are made.

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