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Historic Division Approves Paoli Town Square Restoration

Paoli's renovations slowed last month after a grassroots group pointed out the corporation in charge of the project did not have the correct paperwork.

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Sixteen buildings on the Paoli town square are undergoing renovations.

Renovations to the Paoli town square are moving forward after the group in charge of the project received approval from the state department in charge of historic preservation.

Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation stopped signing new contracts for renovations of the town square last month after a grassroots group pointed out the corporation did not have the correct paperwork.

The Paoli town square is a registered historic district, and any project using state funds in a historic area must have a certificate of approval from the Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.

The division visited Paoli last week to review the renovations and declared the project would have no adverse impact to the historic nature of the town’s square.

“This is what we wanted to see,” says Brenda Cornwell, who is a member of the group that first raised Saving Historic Orange County member says. “We wanted to see it done properly. Our concern was that this historic value of the buildings weren’t being appreciated and now that DHPA is reviewing the proposals we know the historic elements will be safe.”

Hoosier Uplands officials say they are to submit proposals for the remaining projects to the historic division. The existing renovation contract on the sixteen buildings costs $200,000.

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