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Several historic downtown buildings have been torn down in Attica

Indiana Landmarks has added downtown Attica to its Top 10 List of Most Endangered Historic Places. While there have been efforts to save the historic buildings in downtown, some are starting to be torn down.

Posted: Oct 8, 2020 11:53 PM

ATTICA, Ind. (WLFI)- Downtown Attica has been on the decline for decades.
Now, Indiana Landmarks has added the downtown to its Top 10 List of Most Endangered Historic Places. While there have been efforts to save the historic buildings in downtown, some are starting to be torn down.

"I feel like we have something special here and I don't want to see it lost," said Lisa Craft-Jordan a downtown business owner.

Lisa was sad to see two historic buildings recently be torn down. She was hopeful the city would have tried to save them.

"It's sad that we have three blocks of buildings that have national historic importance but we are starting to see those be neglected condemned and torn down," added Lisa.

Recently the city bought several of the historic buildings in downtown. Many of them couldn’t be saved, mainly due to how much it would cost to fix them.

"The hardest part is money," said Attica Mayor Duane Roderick. "I mean the people that have owned these buildings haven't put anything back into them and they have sat for 20 plus years. They are so dilapidated that you can't really do anything with them now.

The city says if the buildings that were torn down could have been saved, they would have. Now, they are looking towards the future and focusing on bringing in developers to buy the land and create new structures.

"We don't want to own that property we want somebody to own it and that's our big goal," said Mayor Roderick.

The mayor says they would like to see a coffee shop, exercise facility, and restaurants come to their downtown area in the future. 

As for business owners like Lisa, she says restoring the downtown area rather then re-building it, is what she thinks will set them apart from other communities.

"I own the AT&T business,” said Lisa. “Inside it looks like any other AT&T business but I love the historic facade that I have on my building and I think that's one of the things that makes us unique that makes us stand out."

Standing out is what Lisa says Attica needs to do, to become the place to be.

"We are going to lose that one very important significant thing about us," said Lisa.

The town of Attica does plan on saving the historic hotel, however, there are several other historic buildings that city leaders say will likely be torn down.

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