News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 25, 2013

Deming Center residents to meet with officials on future housing plans

Arthur Foulkes
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Residents of Deming Center, a Terre Haute Housing Authority property, will have a chance Friday to meet with officials about future plans for the old hotel turned low-income housing facility.

Current plans call for closing the eight-story Deming Center at the end of next year and moving its tenants to a rehabilitated Warren School, to be known as Warren Village.

Tenants of Deming Center will have other options if they choose not to move to Warren, Housing Authority officials said.

Friday’s meetings, which will take place at Deming Center, are designed to let residents know what to expect, said Jeff Stewart, Housing Authority executive director.

“There’s been a little anxiety out there,” Stewart told the Housing Authority board of directors at their monthly meeting Monday night. The meetings will “hopefully ease some minds.”

Once renovations are completed, Warren Village, on North 25th Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues, will feature 109 housing units – the same number of units as in the Deming Center, according to the Housing Authority.

Warren School closed in 2000. The building dates back to World War I but, as a residential property, is expected to feature larger, more modern rooms and amenities than Deming Center, which was constructed as a downtown hotel about the same time.

Renovations of the former Warren School are estimated at $15 million.

Meanwhile, the future of the old Deming building, which is on the corner of Sixth and Cherry streets, remains uncertain. Board members asked Monday night whether any entities have inquired about the building.

“We’re working on some things,” Stewart told the board. “We’re actively working on some things.”

Stewart said he hopes to have the future of the Deming Center building ironed out by the end of this year so that all current tenants of the building will have a full year to make plans.

The Deming building, which is across Cherry Street from the Indiana State University campus, was converted into elderly housing in about 1980.

• Also Monday, the Housing Authority board approved a bid from C.H. Garmong and Son to construct a new safety fence for homes in Dreiser Square, another Housing Authority property.

The fencing, which would include heavy posts and cable, will stand between Dreiser Square homes and U.S. 41 South. Currently, large concrete pylons are placed along U.S. 41 to protect the residences. The new fencing will be largely hidden by landscaping, Stewart said.

The bid for the new fencing was $113,950, he said.

The Terre Haute Housing Authority provides low-income housing to about 200 Terre Haute families. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Reporter Arthur Foulkes can be reached at 812-231-4232 or arthur.foulkes@