Elkhart to raze eyesore to make way for future

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A shuttered northern Indiana factory that's long been an eyesore will soon be a thing of the past.

Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore says the city has secured funding to raze the old Walter Piano building, which has been abandoned for years and was damaged by an August fire.

The Elkhart Truth reports the city expects demolition to begin early next year.

Moore says he hopes to transform the 3.2-acre property into a green space by early next summer. The city also hopes to market and redevelop the property as a high-tech industrial park.

The mayor says the building's demolition is bittersweet because it's provided jobs in the city since the 1900s. But he says the decision to raze it marks a new effort to revitalize the area.

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