Gary officials aim to preserve city’s history

Partners with Indiana Housing and Community Redevelopment Authority

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(Photo via patronicity.com/preservegary)

The Gary Redevelopment Commission this summer will host free tours of historic structures in downtown. Some structures slated for the tour are currently being utilized while others have been left abandoned. Through the tours, one will be embraced in Gary’s story, learn the importance of historic preservation and help to reimage Gary’s brand as a vibrant, walkable environment.

The Redevelopment Commission is partnering with the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) to preserve a number of Gary historic sites. IHCDA has pledged $7,500 in grant funding toward the success of the project, but the Redevelopment Commission must raise $7,500 in funding through partnerships and donations to receive the match dollars from IHCDA. Every dollar will be matched by IHCDA once the goal is met. The support of the public is encouraged in order to meet this goal.

To that end, a crowdfunding campaign for the Historic Preservation project is currently in effect. A tax-deductible donation may be made via patronicity.com/preservegary, https://www.patronicity.com/project/gary_preservation_tour#/. Contributions will be used for new vertical street banners along Broadway, securing the City Methodist Church and the abandoned Post Office and other every day costs. The funding campaign will run from Wednesday, February 15 through Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Please visit Patronicity.com/preservegary, or Facebook or Instagram. Donors are asked, “Please Donate today!”

For more information contact the Gary Redevelopment Commission at (219) 881-1531 or via email at vista@ci.gary.in.us (Sam or Alex).

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