Indy church finds new home

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) After a years-long search the Indy Metro Church has found a new home. The church signed a long-term agreement with The Athenaeum located in The Mass Ave District.

“We just wouldn’t fit in traditional spaces,” said Aaron Story, lead pastor at the church.

They’ve been at the Athenaeum for eight years and searched for two years for a permanent home.

“We’re not going anywhere we’re here, we’re not a rental this is a partnership, its no longer a transient-perceived church but this is our home,” said Story.

The home houses much more than just a church: inside the historic German-American landmark building on the corner of Michigan Street and New Jersey Street is the downtown YMCA, the Young Actors Theater and the Rathskeller Biergarten.

“Its a village, this building collaborates on a lot of different levels and we’re thrilled to have them here,” said Cassie Stockamp, President of the Athenaeum Foundation.

This new partnership comes as the Mass Ave District continues its rebirth. On Wednesday the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the expansion of the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum.

“This space is no longer big enough to do many of the things we want to do,” said Scott Williams, Secretary of the Indianapolis Professional Firefighters Union Local 416.

The $5-million project would expand the museum to the East, include more office space and provide more parking at an adjacent lot. The firefighter’s credit union would also be moved here. People at the museum say this project is so critical because without it, the massive $43-million residential and retail project across from the Athenauem could be scrapped.

“We truly are growing up to an urban densified area and this community, these new people living down here just create not only a social structure but a financial structure for success,” said Stockamp.

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