Evansville OKs Using $100K to Stabilize Old Row House

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) – The city of Evansville is moving ahead with plans to spend up to $100,000 to help save a blighted 19th century row house.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports (http://bit.ly/1DIx3y5 ) the city's Board of Public Works on Thursday approved using a 2006 bond for work on the Owen Block row house.

But Evansville officials and their private partners later decided the building's stabilization and renovation could happen faster if the southwestern Indiana city instead tapped an unspent federal grant.

The 131-year-old Owen Block row house has long appeared on the Preservation Alliance of Evansville's “Most Endangered Places'' list.

Indianapolis-based Indiana Landmarks intends to exercise its option to purchase the Owen Block, and is working to raise at least $340,000 privately to pair with whatever the city contributes.

  Information from: Evansville Courier & Press, http://www.courierpress.com