The City of Crawfordsville and Montgomery County are working with a developer who wants to acquire the Culver Hospital building, which has been vacant for nearly 30 years.
The city is pledging $150,000 to Sustainable Solutions to buy one of the three parcels that make up the property. The county is helping the nonprofit with the other two parcels, which have issues with back-taxes. The plan is to rehab the building for affordable housing.
A Crawfordsville facility that once housed inmates will now house White Pacific shrimp.
The Montgomery County jail is being converted into a fresh seafood business.
James Leaming and his family now own the property.
He plans to use it for raising and selling the shrimp.
"It is very suitable for raising fish, because of the walls being cement block stand well to humidity, which there is a lot of humidity in raising fish," said Leaming. "There are a lot of drains, so, I decided that it would make sense."