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Three Central State campus sites are seeking redevelopment in Indianapolis, IN

A map outlining the three sites on Central State's campus

Central State campus sites | Photo via Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development

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Three sites on Central State’s campus are being considered for redevelopment, which means Indy is about to have three more reasons to visit the near west side in the coming years.

The exterior of Central State Powerhouse

Central State Powerhouse | Photo via INDYtoday team

Central State Powerhouse

In its original capacity, this building supplied electricity to the Indiana Hospital for the Insane and later the Central State Hospital, which closed in 1994. For a bit of context, the hospital opened in 1848 + closed in favor of community-based care. It is now the Indiana Medical History Museum.

City officials are looking to add even more affordable housing to complement the 500+ units of market-rate apartments that have been built on the Central State Campus since 2012.

The exterior of Tibbs Avenue Garage + Complex

Tibbs Avenue Garage + Complex | Photo via INDYtoday team

Tibbs Avenue Garage + Complex

The nine-acre site was established in 1933 + operated as a hub for INDOT’s highway services. Its southeast corner is being used as a salt barna hot commodity in the Midwest.

Officials are looking for proposals that preserve the integrity of the neighborhood and have mentioned ideas of breweries and housing for the site’s future.

The exterior of Old IFD Station 18

Old IFD Station 18 | Photo via INDYtoday team

Old IFD Station 18

Constructed in 1936, this structure has been abandoned since 1994 and is located right off Washington Street. It was designed by local architects and is noted for its advanced design for a fire station in Indiana.

Officials want to maintain the character of the building and because the Blue Line is planned to run through this spot, they see it relying on transit-oriented development.

Since 2004, the city has been redeveloping the Central State campus — all 160 acres of it.

If you haven’t visited lately, here’s what you’re missing:

Developers have until Mon., April 18 to submit proposals. We wouldn’t mind sipping some Mansion Society coffee while strolling through a new art gallery.