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Attica's historic downtown district listed as endangered

Indiana Landmarks is working to enliven historic structures in communities around the state

Posted: Jan 22, 2020 11:11 PM

ATTICA, Ind. (WLFI) -- The organization Indiana Landmarks is working to enliven historic structures in communities around the state.

It does this by noting the top 10 endangered properties and it states these properties lend irreplacable visual character to the streetscape.

On this is the list is downtown Attica.

"We want to be the place to be," said Attica Mayor Duane Roderick.

Roderick wants Attica to be the place to be among hundreds of rural cities scattered throughout Indiana.

Attica became a city in 1866 and at that time and for more than 100 years was booming with economic growth and population.

It started declining after the 1960's and today and into the future city leaders are yearning for change.

"We would love to see some economic development downtown especially in our buildings even if we have to redo our buildings and get some more building space," said Roderick.

Space isn't a luxury in the city less than two square miles.

"I love everything about Attica," said Roderick.

Attica's Main Street President Lexi Haddock said everything starts with the downtown.

"Downtown is the heart of the community," said Haddock. "Once everything leaves downtown then the lifeblood of the community has been sucked out of the entire town."

Attica's Main Street is listed as one of Indiana Landmarks top ten endangered properties.

On it's website it notes of the city's decline and how city leaders are rallying for revitalization.

Mayior Roderick said the city is searching for solutions.

"We've worked on two different things," said Roderick.

The city of around 3,200 is now a TIF district which creates special tax districts around targeted redevelopment areas and there is now a one percent food and beverage tax.

Roderick said it will go into economic development.

Haddock said downtown needs support from all.

"Everybody can do one small thing each to make their community better," said Haddock.

Other endangered properties on the list include the Pulaski County Courthouse in Winamac and the Peru Circus Winter Quarters in Peru.

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