One of my first thoughts when I first heard about the Harrison Square project two years ago was, “They’re putting it where?” Â The west side of Ewing Street and surrounding two block area has to be one of the worst Â areas in the downtown area. Â To be fair, there are some property owners that have kept their properties up, but probably a similar amount have let ’em go. Â Case in point, the houses south of the Jefferson Boulevard intersection. Â The properties are up for sale, by the owner who lives in Indianapolis. Â Since Ewing has been closed for utility work, the houses have had their windows busted out, plus one of the houses has had graffiti sprayed on the front of it. Â This is probably because there is no traffic in the area so the chance of getting caught while engaging in such shenanigans is nil.
I have blogged about this area before, here and here. Â A quick check with my contacts in the City government didn’t reveal anything. Â The properties actually look like they’re on the verge of being torn down. Â With all the heavy equipment in that area, I think it could easily be arranged. Â The problem is, if this is pure and simple vandalism, unless there are severe structural problems with the houses, the City cannot step in and demolish them. Â This means our multi-million dollar investment in that area will open on April 17th, 2009 across the street from boarded up, run-down houses. Â It’s too bad the City didn’t have enough funds two years ago to acquire these properties as well. Â Not so much so they could have developed them, but it could have avoided a situation such as this.
Let’s hope somone steps up and turns those properties into something complimentary to Harrison Square.
Previous AFW Posts concerning Ewing Street:
A Walk Down Ewing Street – 23rd October 2008
Another Demolition on Ewing Street?Â -Â 11th September 2008
Demolition on Ewing StreetÂ -Â 2nd July 2008
Ewing Street properties for saleÂ – 11th March 2008