New use sought for old Indianapolis City Hall
Historic preservationists are pushing for Indianapolis officials to find a new use for the century-old former City Hall building that's been largely empty since it was last used as a library five years ago.
Among the ideas are moving the mayor's office, the City-County Council chambers and other offices there to free up space in the City-County Building.
Bill Taft leads a neighborhood development group and tells The Indianapolis Star that the old City Hall would be a more distinguished place for the mayor's office than the 28-story City-County Building that replaced it in 1962.
The old City Hall housed the Indiana State Museum for more than 30 years, but city spokesman Marc Lotter says the city can't afford the $10 million or more in renovations that it needs.
The space was used to host an art exhibit as part of the 2012 Super Bowl events last year.
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