It looks like there finally may be something happening with the Ben-Hur building in downtown Crawfordsville.
The city shared the news Tuesday morning that Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs revealed that the Ben-Hur building was one of seven properties receiving money through the Historic Renovation Grant Program.
AP BenHur LLC was awarded $100,000 to rehabilitate the historic hotel. Built in 1912-13, the building will be renovated into a 57-room boutique hotel, with 10 apartments on the top floor with a restaurant, retail space and hotel offices on the first floor.
“Maintaining Indiana’s historic fabric and character is vital to growing the state’s economy and attracting talent,” Crouch said about the seven grants. “Preservation efforts like the Historic Renovation Grant Program can ensure a future for vacant or neglected commercial properties that might otherwise be lost.”
In addition to the Ben-Hur project, other grants are:
• Derek and Christine May are awarded $83,200 to restore a historic barn in the City of Attica.
• AP Backstay Lofts LLC is awarded $100,000 to complete the renovation and restoration of the historic Backstay Welt building into Back Stay Lofts in downtown Union City.
• Ann Knebel is awarded $11,175 to preserve the Peter Muller House in the Town of Ferdinand.
• James Buckingham is awarded $17,994 to preserve 418 East Line in the Town of Geneva.
• Morgan Building and Land is awarded $32,200 to renovate 419 Main Street in downtown Lafayette.
• AP Development LLC is awarded $100,000 to transform the YMCA Evansville into 62 units of affordable housing called Central Lofts.
“Restoring and protecting these historic sites help these communities attract visitors and grow their local economy,” said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA. “We are excited this grant is helping our rural communities continue to thrive while preserving a piece of Indiana history.”