WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—The historic former Monticello Fire Department has been vacant for the past 18 months and the city is now taking proposals for its future.
"It's been a city building for a long time and it's had some improvements over the years,” said neighbor Brad Chapman.
The old Fire Station in Monticello dates back more than 100 years. Soon it will have a new purpose. People are hoping it will be re-used in a way that gives back to the community.
"This building has been serving its community for over a hundred years and we'd like to see it continue,” said Executive Director for White County United Way Nikie Jenkinson. “Through a partnership with the White County United Way, we can this bring back to use for our neighbors."
Jenkinson said the non-profit organization has proposed to create a plan with the city that will revitalize the building.
"If the United Way is able to use this building and make it a center of operations and a community center, then it will be a building that is available for all of our neighbors,” said Jenkinson.
ADA and Title VI Coordinator for the City of Monticello, Cathy Gross, said she worries nothing will happen to the building if something is not done soon.
"My fear is that it would just linger without any real purpose or future,” said Gross.
Brad Chapman has lived in Monticello for 17 years. He does not want a building with so much history to go to waste.
"I just don't, I don't see a benefit of it being torn down. It has got too much potential,” said Chapman. “It's kind of like the main street in our town here."
Jenkinson said the city is still reviewing proposals and waiting for a few to be submitted.
She hopes to have an answer by the end of the summer.