Indiana officials weigh cleanup options for church project

GARY, Ind. (AP) — A plan to turn the ruins of a historic Indiana church into a tourist attraction can’t move forward until asbestos and other potential health hazards are removed from the property.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority and Gary Redevelopment Commission are seeking public comment through Jan. 4 on three environmental cleanup proposals for the dilapidated City Methodist Church in Gary.

The proposals each feature a different level of cleanup ranging from no action at all to asbestos removal.

The Gothic-style church dating to the 1920s closed in 1975 after years of declining membership. Gary officials plan to transform the site into a European-style ruins garden and tourist attraction.

Cleanup will be partially funded with $47,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.nwitimes.com

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