There are also restrictions on the homes being moved by Jeffersonville Main Street and Indiana Landmarks. The organizations must hold onto the properties for 10 years.
Whether the organizations rent the homes to businesses or to individuals has yet to be determined.
“Right now, it’s zoned downtown commercial, but we know the neighborhood also desires to see some residential [properties] here,” Sekula said. “Jeffersonville has lost a lot of historic properties over the years. Our aim was to save as many of these contributing historic properties as we could and this allows us to save nine of the houses ... that would have otherwise ended up in the landfill.”
One of the homes is slated to become the office for Jeffersonville Main Street Inc.
Ellis added that keeping the homes in the area helps maintain the historic character of the downtown district, although on their own the properties would not be deemed historic homes.
And it also is filling a hole where a chain-link fence and weeds had been the only thing standing.
“It eliminates vacant lots where there’s been holes in the urban fabric, it sort of weaves the city back together,” Sekula said. “They are representative of what the bulk of old Jeffersonville is,” he said of the homes.