EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – An entire Evansville city block is building up 5 floors. Hundreds will soon call it home in downtown, but there’s plenty of gaps still left to fill.

Three months ago, The Post House was more like a post hole, but this summer construction is turning to the trades for specialty work.

“They’re making really good progress,” said Evansville Director of Metropolitan Development, Kelley Coures.

Windows are going in and a weather barrier is in place. Development Manager, Josh Hreha says an end to all the work is in sight.

Coures believes the pair of buildings with 144 apartments and first-floor shopping is the beginning of something big in the city.

“Housing and people living downtown is a catalyst for other things,” said Coures. Retail often follows rooftops, he said. Every new downtown project is a beacon for another.

This is one of the largest construction projects in downtown since the Ford Center.

The Post House will have underground parking and an interior courtyard. The development team is also targeting restaurants to fill space.

It’s no secret over the years, Evansville has invested millions into the city core, and for good reason.

“You want a vibrant downtown, you can’t be a suburb of nowhere,” Coures added. “One of the things you can see already is that it helps fill the density of downtown.”

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The Post House will start pre-leasing in the fall. It should be finished by spring next year.

It may be hard to get around this downtown block for now, but progress is never easy. Something new replaces something old, because a city never sleeps.

“I’ve always been proud to live in Evansville, but I’m proudest to live here right this minute,” said Coures. “To be part of all this is really fulfilling.”

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This story was originally published on July 9, 2019)