Panel Clears Razing of Historic Buildings in New Albany, IN

Sat February 26, 2005 - Midwest Edition

NEW ALBANY, IN (AP) An historic preservation commission has cleared the way for the demolition of three buildings in New Albany’s historic district to make way for a YMCA and an indoor swimming complex.

Officials hope the new Scribner Place development will be a catalyst for downtown redevelopment, said Scott Wood, a city planner.

Preservationists agreed to the demolition because the three buildings, while historic, lacked the distinctive characteristics needed to be included on the National Register of Historic Places.

Laura Renwick, a historic preservation specialist, said demolishing the buildings “would have a negative impact on the historic district.” But she noted the structures are not “of the highest architectural or historic significance.”

The buildings include one dating to the 1880s that has been altered over the years and a 1930s commercial building next door.

The commission has asked city officials to preserve limestone components that are part of the 1880s building.