Building at U.S. 31, Whiteland Road vacant since 2002

A long-shuttered building at a busy Whiteland intersection will be put up for sale so a new business can move in.

A judge has ordered that the building and property at the northwest corner of U.S. 31 and Whiteland Road must be sold. Part-owner Wabash College had sued to force a sale and got the ruling it wanted last week after a trial in which the other co-owner didn’t show up.

The court-ordered sale should be a major benefit for the town of Whiteland, where residents have been concerned for years about the appearance of the blighted building, said attorney Lee Robbins, who represented the college

“This will open it up for redevelopment,” Robbins said. “From Whiteland’s standpoint, they want something done and should be happy about it. They should be pleased with the result because this sort of frees the property.”

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