New plans for the Deming Center


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) A downtown Terre Haute landmark gets a new lease on life. This week saw the sale of the Deming Center. It’s a move that not only gives downtown a face lift; it also could mean more jobs.

An uncertain future has hung over the Deming Center for almost a year now. That’s when the Terre Haute Housing Authority announced they would be closing the low income housing facility.

The residents of the Deming Center will be relocated; most residents are to be sent to the new facility at the old Warren School property.

But, that still left the historic Deming building without a purpose.

“The (Deming) sold for about $800,000.” Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett said.  “Which was a good price, but it needs a lot of work. It’s that balance of how much you’re gonna put in it. They’ll be putting somewhere around $6 million into the building to rehabilitate it.”

The company Mayor Bennett is referring to is Core Re-Development. An Indianapolis based company that has plans to turn the old building into modern apartments.

“It’ll be a market rate type of driven pricing,” Bennett went on. “So I am sure there will be some young professionals that will want to be there and some students too.”

The Deming sits just around the block from another downtown student-housing project; two projects that will add to a downtown facelift.

But there is something else these new projects give to the city: a boost to the economy.

“When people are living downtown their demands are for more retail and more destinations and that’s what’s helping to spur a lot of this growth,” Bennett explained.

Working to build a new downtown, starting with housing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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