INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The approval of a Mass Avenue project will give the green light for the Indianapolis Firefighters union to expand.
A lot of development has taken place in the Mass Avenue area over the past couple of years. Some development is going on right now. The Indianapolis Firefighters Museum is also on Mass Ave. It’s been in the location at the corner of Mass and College Avenues for nearly 30 years. Come next year, the building and intersection will look a little different.
“We do want to expand our building because we’ve outgrown it,” said Scott Williams.
Williams is the secretary of the Indianapolis Professional Firefighters Union Local 416. He said the group has big plans to transform the area from it’s current look.
The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission voted 6-1 to approve the building of the new Firefighters Credit Union on the proposed location. The IHPC will continue to exam the parking lot request until October’s hearing.
The project calls for expanding the Firefighters Museum to the east some 40 feet.
“We no longer have space to display the items that we have cataloged,” Williams said.
Just north of the building would be a new parking lot. The Firefighters Credit Union now at Mass and New Jersey, will also move. It will go in the space currently used as Museum parking.
Because of the $43-million residential and retail project going here at Mass Avenue and New Jersey Street, the fire station will also have to move.
Work is already underway at the current Red Cross Building at 10th Street and Alabama Street.
“Some of the site work is getting started to get the infrastructure in place for a fire station and a great headquarters,” said Indianapolis Red Cross CEO John Lyter.
“Frankly, I support it,” said Rick Malad of Indianapolis.
Malad has owned a home in the Mass Ave area since the 1980s. He fully supports the plans for the area.
“I’d like to see it developed. Right now, that corner right there is kind of an eyesore and they fact that they are willing to come in and develop it. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it,” he said.
“I’m in favor of the addition to the museum because they do a lot of good with that, especially with the school children,” said Paula Lanning of Indianapolis.
“We’ve been in this neighborhood since 1985 and we’re happy to see the continued growth,” Williams said.
Work should be done on the new fire station and administration office in the next year. The Red Cross will move into a new building just south of 16th Street and Meridian Street.