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Historic Evansville building in need of saving

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The Owen Block has sat empty for years on the corner of Chestnut and 2nd Streets. The Owen Block has sat empty for years on the corner of Chestnut and 2nd Streets.

Efforts are working to save an historic building in downtown Evansville. 

The Owen Block has sat empty for years on the corner of Chestnut and 2nd Streets. It was built in 1882 and has been on the Preservation Alliance of Evansville's Ten Most Endangered List since 2009.
 
Philip Hooper, Director of the Department of Metropolitan Development, says there were talks of demolishing the building, but the city would like to save it.
 
He says the city is in talks with the building's owner.

"We have put that demolition on hold to try to get time for the owners to work out a solution for the rehabilitation of this building, which is really a unique historic asset for Evansville," Hooper tells 14 News.  

"It's an iconic historic building here that has great value to the historical landscape that we worked so hard to maintain here in this neighborhood," says Matt Rowe, the chairman of the Historic Preservation Committee.

There no word yet on any specific plans. Hooper says a public-private partnership is a possible solution.

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