LIBRARY GIFT ... Kelly Ehinger, library director; Jenny Buchan, commercial banker; Dean Fuelling, market president of First Merchants Bank; and DuWayne Herman of the library board (left to right) announce the bank's property donation to the local library. (Photo provided)
The Adams Public Library System recently acquired the Richard Roudebush property across from the Decatur branch through a gift from First Merchants Bank and is planning to convert it into a green space.
Library director Kelly Ehinger said, “The location is perfect for outdoor programming and is a dream come true!”
Library officials announced that the property — at one time owned by the Stoner family — will be turned into a green space, helping to beautify downtown Decatur, Ehinger said. The garden will include benches and shady areas and will be used for story times and other outdoor library events.
Ehinger added that the additional property was made possible by the benevolence of the bank. She said she would encourage library patrons to thank First Merchants Bank for its generosity that will not only help develop downtown Decatur, but also will help to enhance library services.
According to Ehinger, current plans call for the large home situated on the northeast corner property to be demolished sometime in early October, and it is hoped that the garden can be readied perhaps as early as spring next year.
The library board has accepted a bid of $18,000 from Dave Luginbill Excavating and Trucking to raze the structure.
Ehinger also noted that library officials have allowed the Decatur Fire Department to make use of the house for training purposes. "It is a great benefit to them to have that training experience." she said.
The department will be able to train there a few more times before the house is demolished.