Residents Oppose BP Plans to Raze Historic Homes

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) _ Residents who live near BP's sprawling northwestern Indiana oil refinery are worried by the company's plan to demolish buildings in their historic neighborhood next week.
The Post-Tribune reports  that BP plans to start tearing down 10 properties in East Chicago's Marktown neighborhood just east of its Whiting oil refinery beginning Monday. 

The buildings include the former Marktown hotel and boarding house, and several houses. The area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

BP says the properties were acquired as part of long-standing plans to increase green space around the refinery. 
Community activists say they'll go to court to try to stay the demolition for 90 days.