INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Indiana has asked developers to bid on creating a $17 million new site for
the state archives on downtown Indianapolis’ American Legion Mall as part of
bicentennial celebrations in 2016.
Department of Administration is soliciting real estate developers to submit
plans for renovating an existing four-story building and erecting an
adjacent building to serve as a state-of-the-art storage space, the
Indianapolis Business Journal reported Monday.
building was vacated earlier this year by the Indiana office of the American
Legion, State Archivist Jim Corridan said.
include the original 1816 and 1851 state constitutions, and all the laws
passed by the Legislature, as well as court decisions, business
incorporations, and records of inmates and mental health patients. The total
number of documents number more than 300 million pages.
The archives now
are stored in a dilapidated building on the city’s far east side. They were
moved there in 2001 as a temporary measure while the state library was being
remodeled, but ended up remaining at the site.
“It’s really not
geared to be an archival facility,” Corridan said of the current site. “For
example, there is no climate control.”
Gov. Mike Pence’s
administration envisions the creation of the archive center as part of the
state’s 2016 bicentennial celebration, Corridan said.
Bicentennial Commission is in the process of fundraising for projects
related to the celebration, including the archives, State Architect Jason
The state estimates
construction costs for the new site at $17.3 million. That would include
renovating the existing, 36,000-square-foot building and creating a
The Legion Mall is
near the Indiana War Memorial and often is a site for festivals.
construction schedule in the state’s request solicitation lists July 2015 as
the start of renovations and construction of the addition. Work on the
existing building would be finished by October 2016, and the addition would
be completed by December 2017.
developers are due Aug. 29.