Site along Indianapolis canal eyed for new state archives building amid green space concerns


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INDIANAPOLIS — Two centuries of Indiana records could be moving to a location along a downtown Indianapolis canal despite concerns that the project will reduce green space along the popular attraction.

State Archivist Jim Corridan says the canal site across from the Indiana History Center is the favored location to house a collection that includes the 1816 and 1851 state constitutions, slave records and the prison records of gangster John Dillinger. The items are currently stored in a warehouse.

The new $25 million building is included in the Senate budget proposal. The Indianapolis Business Journal reports ( ) it would mark the first time the archive has been housed in its own building in a prominent location.

A civic group is questioning how the project would impact traffic along the Canal Walk.

Information from: Indianapolis Business Journal,

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