Group backs out of deal for Anderson's Wigwam gym

ANDERSON, Ind. - Officials say a private group has backed out of a deal to take over Anderson's closed Wigwam gymnasium, leaving its fate uncertain.

Anderson economic development director Greg Winkler tells The Herald Bulletin  that the attorney for Wigwam Sports & Entertainment told city officials on Tuesday about the decision.

That action came on the same day that the Anderson School Board was expected to transfer ownership of the 9,000-seat gym to the city redevelopment commission.

The school board voted to give city officials until Sept. 2 to take over the Wigwam. That's a day before demolition bids on the building are set to expire.

Mayor Kevin Smith says he still hopes to save the Wigwam, which the school district closed in 2011 as a cost-cutting move.

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