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Money granted for old EVSC building

An Evansville attorney and his investment group have secured nearly $400,000 from the city as part of a renovation of the former EVSC administration building. 

Scott Danks says he will use the grant to install equipment designed to alleviate water and sewage overflow, as his group renovates the former school administration building behind the Civic Center.

The building is being converted to office space, a restaurant, and a new branch of Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union.

Danks and his investment group, Professionals Plaza LLC, are reportedly investing $3 million into renovation. Danks is also the City Council’s attorney.

The grant will fund the installation of a water retention system under the property’s parking lot. Evansville’s deputy director of utilities and engineering, Michael Labitzke, tells the Courier and Press that the system will collect nearly 2 million gallons of rainwater a year.

The grant program is an incentive for private developers to add the rainwater storage tanks to lessen the amount of combined sewer overflow in rainy weather.