NOBLESVILLE — Abandoned and boarded up homes are a concern for residents all over central Indiana.
Driving down 10th Street near Clinton in downtown Noblesville, it's not hard to notice this large home that sits right on the corner. Windows are boarded up, and parts of the home is falling apart.
Noblesville resident, Devon Craft, says its time for a change.
"It's just such an eyesore when you walk by here. Nothing has ever changed. It's been like this for a couple years now," he said.
Craft started a conversation on the Noblesville town chatter page, asking what's next for the home.
"A lot of people look at this house and they can see asbestos siding, boarded up windows and a porch that looks like it's leaning and they think it's beyond help," said Mike Corbett, who's apart of the Noblesville Preservation Alliance. "I tend to look at these old houses, I realize how well they were built.
Noblesville Preservation Alliance is a non-profit that advocates for keeping historic properties in tact. The group gives grant money to owners of historic homes. This house sits on one of those historic properties — the site of the first court house in the county.
But, Corbett understands it's not always a possibility to restore the home.
"This one is a good example of something that needs much more than a grant. We understand that there are financial considerations that the owners must take into account. We don't believe we have all the answers," he said.
The owner of the house says there are plans in the works right now.
The plans are to put in a new housing development right on that property. Those plans have not quite been finalized yet.
As requested by the city, the owner has boarded up all of the windows to keep people out of the home.
The owner also informed RTV6 that plans should be ready within the next 60 days.
In the meantime, the owner is keeping the yard mowed and the trees trimmed.
Abandoned homes homes are dealt with by a planning code enforcement official, once a complaint has been filed.
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