Wooden Indian Motel demolition continues

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Demolition of South Bend’s Wooden Indian Motel is underway.

Crews began tearing down the 55-room motel on Thursday.

Indiana University South Bend bought the property in February. The university plans to turn it into a green space to make the area more welcoming and safe.

However, a spokesperson says the school will study possible future uses like business development and future campus needs.

In a Facebook post, many people said they support the demolition.

One user wrote, “It is about time.” Another said, “Can’t be gone soon enough.” A third person added, “I’m doing a happy dance.

The motel had many issues, like crime and drug activity, over the years. In 2007, a South Bend police officer was shot and killed when responding to a call at the motel.

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