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Vacant building demolition will help downtown flooding

The board of works approved the demolition of a vacant building at the corner of 9th and South streets.

Posted: Nov. 6, 2018 12:46 PM
Updated: Nov. 6, 2018 12:47 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The city of Lafayette is planning to improve flooding downtown while getting rid of an eyesore.

The board of works approved the demolition of a vacant building at the corner of 9th and South streets.

The former convenience store will come down to make way for a storm water lift station.

That will allow crews to direct water away from areas prone to flooding in areas like 11th and Main Streets.

Some underground work will take place, but Lafayette Renew Superintendent Brad Talley said new technology will help lessen the impact on drivers.

"We're designing this to be trench-less technology," he said. "So, we're going to cut down on the impact to downtown as much as we can."

Talley said he'd like to see green space incorporated into the design.

"It's huge for the business owners," Talley added. "It's huge for the public in general. I really think the ability to use this area as a green space and a community space is going to help benefit this area."

However, he said the city will ask the community for input.

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