LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI)-The corner of 9th and South street in Historic Lafayette has been an eyesore for years. Now, the city along with the support of the Historic Preservation Commission is about to make the area functional and aesthetically pleasing.
"Part of it is it's both functional and aesthetic,” said Sean Lutes the Vice President of the Lafayette Historic Preservation Commission. “It's a stormwater management system that the city is doing to improve drainage in the community but they also wanted to turn it into a park something that was beneficial to the community."
Historic ninth street hill neighborhood is known for several beautiful historic homes. However, there's a plot of land that doesn't blend in with the rest of the area.
"The pump house that's being built on the location is designed to specifically cover up the plumbing works, while providing an aesthetically pleasing structure that's sensitive to the neighborhood," added Lutes.
People who visit the area regularly say they are excited about the new Pocket Park and that the city decided to do something about the blighted lot.
"When that was the old Village Pantry it was kind of an eyesore for downtown and for this area,” said Dave Sattler a property owner in downtown Lafayette. “The fact that the city took it over and is using it for a good functional purpose and then turning it into a park is wonderful. I applaud the city for doing that."
"With the old BP there and all the traffic it was kind of bad for the area and with all the development that they are trying to do with expanding downtown it's going to be good for us here and the Fowler House Mansion,” said William Kubas the Maintenance Manager, Fowler Mansion
The project is expected to be finished by the end of next year.