TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)- Tippecanoe County has chosen a location where COVID-19 vaccinations will take place for the general public. Vaccinations will take place in the old H.H. Gregg store at the Tippecanoe Mall. That building sits in between Dicks Sporting Goods and J.C. Penny’s. The county has signed a temporary lease agreement with Simon Property who owns the mall. As of right now, the county will be renting the building out from January 1st until June 30th.
However, Tippecanoe County Commissioner Tracy Brown says that the lease may be extended depending on how long it takes to get the community vaccinated.
“Depending on how things go, I have heard everything from it will be more than a year before everyone is vaccinated,” said Tippecanoe County Commissioner Tracy Brown. “It seems to reason that we will need the space beyond six months. So, we thought six months is a safe approach with an option to extend for another three that's what we are looking at right now.”
The county will be paying six thousand dollars per month to rent the building. That lease will be paid for through CARES Act dollars. The building is about 31,000 square feet with adequate parking and access to the bus line, which is what the county was looking for when picking a location. The county's goal is to have the building prepped and ready to go by the first week of January.