Waiz said with the dedication of funds by the state transportation agencies, five homes can now be moved.
“It doesn’t say that we have to move [the homes], but we have an opportunity,” he said.
He added that the states will have 120 days to put the funds together in the Historic Preservation Enhancement fund.
But which homes will be moved is still being discussed.
“We’re looking to try and save five out of the seven [homes],” Waiz said.
Five homes being considered for relocation are located at 216, 218 and 222 Market St., and 227 and 229 Pearl St. Waiz said two brick homes slated to be torn down to make way for the new Interstate 65 bridge are also being considered.
Sekula said the additional properties are the Prentice houses located at 340 W. Maple St. and 338 Ohio Ave.
He said while they are homes outside of the city’s historic district, they would complement the district if relocated. Sekula also identified another home that would be a property worth consideration at 113 Fort St.
Indiana Landmarks, along with the city, is hoping to move all of the homes identified, but if the two entities are only able to relocate five homes, they are working to determine which ones should be moved.
Waiz added that discussions need to take place with the redevelopment commission about where the city can move the homes.
WHERE WILL THEY GO?
Indiana landmarks and the city are still working to identify where the homes could be moved.
“We have been in conversations with the city,” Sekula said. “They own some land that’s available to them under the purchases for the [stormwater and flooding mitigation] project. [But] nothing’s been finalized yet. We’re trying to be proactive [and] trying to determine what can be done to the homes.”
He added a goal would be to use the homes — which were all built between the late 1800s and 1930 — as in-fill in vacant lots in and around the historic district.