Sites are selected for a new state archives building and a co-located site for the Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD) and the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ISBVI).
The archives building will be constructed in downtown Indianapolis, adjacent to the Senate Avenue Parking Garage on the canal. The State owns the archives site, which will offer easy access for visitors, staff and other government entities. The new building will be approximately 59,000 square feet and will provide proper storage, maintenance, and restoration capabilities for archival documents. The General Assembly appropriated $35 million toward building a new facility.
The 67-acre current home of the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired on North College Avenue and 75th Street will become the home for both schools, freeing up the ISD property north of the State Fairgrounds. Current facilities will be renovated, and new buildings added with dedicated programming for each entity. Lawmakers appropriated $225 million for this project.
The Indiana Department of Administration will move forward with a feasibility study to determine the future of the former Indiana Department of Correction Indianapolis Re-Entry Facility (IREF), located at New York Street and Randolph Street on the Indianapolis near east side (which also was considered as a site for the archives facility). The first step will be to demolish a number of buildings on the site, which sits in a residential neighborhood.