Anderson leaders optimistic over Wigwam plan

(The Herald Bulletin Photo, file)

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Officials in Anderson say they’re optimistic about a development group’s plans for saving the community’s iconic Wigwam gymnasium.

A plan approved Thursday by the city Redevelopment Commission and the Anderson School Board will have Indianapolis-based BWI (Black and White Investments) and Pinebrook Properties take over the 9,000-seat gym that’s been closed since 2011.

The group plans to convert part of the complex into 55 multi-family housing units while maintaining the gym until at least 2030. School district officials had planned to demolish the complex if a redevelopment plan wasn’t reached by Sept. 2.

The Herald Bulletin reports school board president Ben Gale said he’s glad the Wigwam is being taken over by people who can make it a positive site for the community. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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