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The Town of Hope continues its efforts at improving the area.
Larry Simpson, with the Community Center of Hope, says town officials spent much of this year concentrating on the square. He says two dilapidated buildings were purchased and leveled. One building was a grocery store, the other, a pizza parlor. Simpson says that thanks to grants from the Heritage Fund of Bartholomew County and the Town of Hope, the debris from those locations was removed and the areas are back to "empty lot" status.
Simpson says there are plans to sow grass seed on the lots this spring and "add to the park setting already on the town square." Simpson says that eventually, the town would like to get new tenants for those spaces that will "add to the charm" of Hope.
Simpson says that one of the big projects the town hopes to tackle in 2014 is the old Hope gymnasium. Built in the early 1900s, he says the building is showing its age. Simpson says the structure is very expensive to maintain and financially inefficient.
Simpson says goals for the project include a new roof for the gym, as well as new windows to improve energy efficiency. He says that officials would also like to move the Hope Food Bank to the front of the building and to bring back a senior citizens center for town residents at that location.
Simpson says that as with recent work to improve the area, future work will take time, money and manpower.
Last Updated: Tuesday, December 03, 2013 5:02:24 AM
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