VEEDERSBURG, Ind. —
Restoring it would cost the most at around $110,000. Stabilizing the building would cost around $45,000. Demolishing would cost between $40,000 and $60,000. Duff said the building’s foundation and external walls are in good shape given their age. The internal walls, floors, and roof are in poor condition and would have to be replaced. The external walls are shared with the adjoining buildings to the east, west and south. Duff said he needs to get safe access to the basement so he can see its condition.
“There are pros and cons to all the choices,” Duff said.
Booe said that he wants the council to really consider stabilizing the building. The town council decided that more information is needed from the engineers on the building before making any decision.
+ Heard from Anita Carpenter, the town’s grant writer, they have received the signed grant agreement with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs for the downtown sidewalk and drainage project. The town still needs to approve an archaeologist for the project per the requirements of the state historic preservation office. The archaeologist just has to visit the job site a few times checking for artifacts when the streets and sidewalks are dug up during the project. Carpenter said she submitted the town’s need to four archaeology firms and only Anthony Adderly of Indianapolis responded. Adderly’s contract says his cost would not exceed $10,000. The council asked Carpenter to contact Mr. Adderly to come to the town council meeting on Jan. 14 to explain what he would do and how his rate is broken down.
+ Learned the local match for the potential INDOT grant has increased from $447,400 to $518,140. The work would have a greater impact or disturbance to the water lines than first believed. The project would include sidewalk and waterline replacement on South Mill Street.