Fri. Jul 30th, 2021

Crews moved in and are using down the previous of the properties and offices across Hefron Road from the Daviess County Governing administration Center. Don Gress Building is dealing with the demolition of the buildings for the county. It is one of the ultimate sections of the annex task.

“These are the last methods listed here,” reported Daviess County Commissioner Nathan Gabhart, whilst seeing just one of the old structures come down. “We’re having down the homes and will put up a parking ton, and then we will be jumping on the remodeling of the courthouse future. It is fantastic to see this project arrive to an stop.”

Originally, the strategy was to demolish just the outdated homes that the county had taken in excess of to residence places of work that no longer had a dwelling in the courthouse. People integrated one particular that housed the Information and facts Technologies Office environment and Grownup Protecting Solutions. One more creating was property to the Purdue Extension places of work and the 3rd housed the health and fitness division. Then instances changed and the job and the parking lot bought greater.

“We took down a few additional homes,” reported Gabhart. “We experienced a house owner get to out to us about getting a house and that established the concept of a local community parking great deal. We acquired that dwelling and the other two arrived up for sale and we’ll make all of that parking.”

The parking for the courthouse and annex will now consider up 75% of the block bounded by Walnut, 3rd, Hefron and Fourth streets. When that parking is going to be for men and women who function or do company at the courthouse and annex, it could have extra makes use of.

“That could be employed for a farmers marketplace or regardless of what,” explained Gabhart. “It is a great site. We want this to be a accumulating location for individuals. We want it to be a put to have functions. It’s in the vicinity of a number of churches, the YMCA, the courthouse, even the jail. It could have a yr-spherical use.”

The great deal is also just a couple of blocks from Washington Higher School and could be applied to assistance address the parking crunch all through the superior college basketball tournaments. And it is a few of blocks away from the Knights of Columbus Corridor which is organizing to restart the Treasure Hunt in the coming months. The Treasure Hunt has introduced 1000’s to downtown Washington.

“I would guess in the subsequent 90 times it will be finished,” stated Gabhart. “There is some discussion of partaking the historic culture and putting up some form of timeline show all over the parking whole lot. So, we are likely to take a breath and access out to some of our local companions and see what we can include to it to make it even superior for the public.”