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Future of old New Albany building in limbo

The Culbertson Tavern (Source: WAVE 3 News) The Culbertson Tavern (Source: WAVE 3 News)

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - If you live in Southern Indiana chances are you're probably familiar with a building that's been around for more than 130 years. The Old Culbertson Tavern in New Albany may ring a bell. It was a hot spot back in the day, it was also a grocery store at one point. Now, the building may be coming down.

Indiana Landmarks, a non-profit organization that works to save historic properties, is trying to save the building from being demolished. They've taken an interest in 922 Culbertson Avenue. The two story building dates back to 1880.

The building doesn't look so great on the outside but, many feel that it has historic value and shouldn't be torn down. At one point, the structure was owned by Wells Fargo Bank, now it's in the hands of the city of New Albany.

Some city leaders say they want to see it torn down, it's an eyesore across from an elementary school. Vandals have also done some damage to the vacant building.

Indiana landmarks says structurally the building is sound, it of course has problem areas but, nothing they say can't be fixed.

"This is a rare building type that we are rapidly losing," said Greg Sekula, southern regional director for Indiana Landmarks. "We'd love to see this building saved because we feel like it's an important character defining structure in the neighborhood."

Indiana Landmarks says they are working with a third party, who they did not want identify, and New Albany city leaders to possibly find a solution to save the building from demolition.

A spokesperson for Mayor Jeff Gahan said the building is scheduled to be demolished but they aren't sure when that will be.

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