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Original State Capitol In Corydon Could Get Upgrades

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August 13, 2014 — TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s original state capitol and related buildings in Corydon could get $1.1 million in upgrades under a proposal the State Budget Committee will consider Thursday.

“It is a historic site that has fallen into poor condition,” said Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, chairman of the budget committee.

Corydon was home of the Indiana capitol until 1825, when state government was relocated to Indianapolis. The town square – called Capitol Square – includes the original capitol building, the first State Office Building, the Frank O’Bannon Memorial and a bandstand, all in a park setting.

The capitol building hasn’t been updated since the 1940s and is said to have “significant failures in the infrastructure,” according to the State Budget Committee agenda.

Among the problems is water that’s pooling around the base of the building. Poor grading has resulted in water damage inside and outside of the building.

There is also little electricity, making it hard to setup fans and vacuums to absorb the water inside.

The budget committee also said the property needs to be updated to meet requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, an law signed in 1990 that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities.

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites – which oversees the old capitol – is proposing to grade the surrounding land to lessen the pooling water, replace certain sidewalks and walkways to meet ADA standards, add landscaping to help absorb rain, add a new drainage system, and upgrade electrical systems.

The state agency will use $180,000 of its on funding on the project. Nearly $620,000 will come from the state’s general fund and $300,000 from the Harrison County Community Foundation.

Kenley said he expects the project – and it’s funding – to be approved. The budget committee meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne campus in the International Ballroom.

 

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