Contractor hired to tear down Evansville arena

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A deal has been signed to tear down Evansville's shuttered Roberts Stadium.

The city's parks board voted Thursday to approve a nearly $960,000 contract to demolish the 56-year-old arena that was shut down with last year's opening of the new downtown Ford Center.

Plans are for contractor Klenck Co. of Evansville to demolish the old arena by next May, with its asphalt parking lots removed and the site filled in for development as a park.

Parks director Denise Johnson tells the Evansville Courier & Press that some savings steps could cut more than $150,000 from the project's cost.

The new Roberts Park is expected to be developed over the next few years. That project could cost $5 million.

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