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Indiana eyes moving state archives to Legion Mall

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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.

The Indiana 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.

The existing building was vacated earlier this year by the Indiana office of the American Legion, State Archivist Jim Corridan said.

The archives 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.

The Indiana Bicentennial Commission is in the process of fundraising for projects related to the celebration, including the archives, State Architect Jason Larrison said.

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 36,000-square-foot addition.

The Legion Mall is near the Indiana War Memorial and often is a site for festivals.

A prospective 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.

Submissions from developers are due Aug. 29.





Posted 8/5/2014