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Historic Warren acquires building

Standing in front of the former PNC Bank building are (front, from left) Mark Wickersham, Huntington County Economic Development Executive Director, Terry Daniels, Historic Warren Board, Melinda Daniels, Historic Warren Board, Becky Souder, Historic Warren Board, Corinna Ladd, PNC Regional President for Northern Indiana, Candice Robison, PNC Branch Manager, Huntington, Angie Eltzroth, Historic Warren Board, Jessica Sunderman, Historic Warren Board, Matt Ditzler, Huntington County Community Foundation Executive Director, Steve Kimmel, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce President. Paul Hayden (back row, from left), Indiana Landmarks Northeast Field Office Director, Neil Laymon, Historic Warren Board, Steve Buzzard, Warren Town Council President, Jeff Souder, Historic Warren Board. Photo provided.
Standing in front of the former PNC Bank building are (front, from left) Mark Wickersham, Huntington County Economic Development Executive Director, Terry Daniels, Historic Warren Board, Melinda Daniels, Historic Warren Board, Becky Souder, Historic Warren Board, Corinna Ladd, PNC Regional President for Northern Indiana, Candice Robison, PNC Branch Manager, Huntington, Angie Eltzroth, Historic Warren Board, Jessica Sunderman, Historic Warren Board, Matt Ditzler, Huntington County Community Foundation Executive Director, Steve Kimmel, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce President. Paul Hayden (back row, from left), Indiana Landmarks Northeast Field Office Director, Neil Laymon, Historic Warren Board, Steve Buzzard, Warren Town Council President, Jeff Souder, Historic Warren Board. Photo provided.

The former PNC Bank building was recently donated to Historic Warren with the intent that it will be used for economic revitalization through support for entrepreneurs and artists in the community.

Historic Warren writes, “We appreciate this opportunity and what it will provide to the Town of Warren. We are exploring options and ideas currently with the guidance of Indiana Landmarks. We want to bring economic growth and vibrancy to our downtown.”

“PNC is committed to strengthening and serving our communities. This project allows us to help preserve a piece of Main Street and help fuel viability for business development, job creation and other community engagement critical to the long-term economic vitality of small towns like Warren,” said Corinna Ladd, PNC regional president of northern Indiana.

The building will be renamed “The Exchange” and converted to provide much-needed space to house business incubators, specialized retailers, professional office space and entrepreneurs.

Other plans include designating space for an art gallery and studios to showcase regional talent, including local students.

“We are grateful to PNC Bank. This generous donation helps us re-energize our downtown commercial district and position us for economic growth,” Steve Buzzard, Warren Town Council President.

“By creating a dedicated space to amplify how we attract talent, we hope to inspire new residents and visitors to consider Warren as a place they would like to live, work and visit.”

Historic Warren Main Street has helped support community and economic development efforts for the town.

Other organizations, including the Town of Warren, Huntington County Economic Development Corporation, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, the Huntington County Community Foundation and Indiana Landmarks and Historic Preservation collaborated to support Historic Warren’s vision for the space.

“We appreciate PNC’s donation and were honored to have written a letter of support to garner this positive outcome. Congratulations to Warren’s Main Street entity, Historic Warren, Inc. for their dedication. Creating support to boost downtown vibrancy is critical for our rural communities and enhances Warren’s efforts to keep the central business district a viable place to invest,” Mark Wickersham, Executive Director, Huntington County Economic Development Corporation.

The PNC building has a long legacy of being home to numerous banking institutions including its original use as The Exchange Bank. The almost 13,000 square foot building is in Warren Historical District that was designated on the National Register of Historic Places on May 19, 2022.

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). For information about PNC, visit pnc.com.

Historic Warren is a non-profit organization that has spearheaded revitalization efforts in downtown Warren since 2011. For more information, follow Historic Warren Main Street on Facebook: HistoricWarrenInc.