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September 6, 2007

New federal building slated for downtown

Facility will house district, bankruptcy courts, other agencies

TERRE HAUTE — A new federal building will be constructed at 921 Ohio St. in downtown Terre Haute to house the U.S. Southern District and bankruptcy courts as well as other federal agencies.

The U.S. General Services Administration on Aug. 31 awarded a contract to Thompson Thrift Development to construct a new 14,000-square-foot building on the vacant 1.9-acre lot, said GSA spokesman David Wilkinson.

The lot, east of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, had formerly housed Bunch Nurseries.

The new federal facility’s final design is not yet complete, but the facility will be leased to the federal government for 10 years at an annual rent of $484,784, Wilkinson said.

It is a fully serviced lease, which means it includes maintenance costs, Wilkinson said. Other federal agencies that will be in the new facility are the U.S. Marshal’s Service, U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Probation and Pre-trial Services.

“There is one economy and that is the court space will be used by both the district court and bankruptcy court, as opposed to separate court rooms,” Wilkinson said.

“It will be a new and modern building. It won’t be all that elaborate, but it will be functional,” Wilkinson said. “It keeps the courts in Terre Haute.”

GSA Regional Administrator James C. Handley said a specific occupancy date has yet to be determined. “GSA will be making our best efforts, working with the U.S. Postal Service to set a date when the post office and courthouse on Seventh Street can be vacated for its transfer to [Indiana State University,]” Handley said in a release.

“This is a long-awaited major step forward,” Handley said.

Indiana State University in 2003 signed a memorandum of understanding, also signed by the U.S. Postal Service and the GSA, to allow ISU to obtain the current federal building for use by the university’s College of Business.

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