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Hardware store slated for Meridian Street building

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A hardware store is hoping to open in a building formerly used by WFYI at 1433 N. Meridian St., city officials said.

The Metropolitan Development Commission’s Hearing Officer on Tuesday morning granted approval for the reuse of the building that the public broadcaster vacated in May 2008.

The hardware store's owner, also owns Affordable Building Supplies LLC at 55 S. State Ave. on the near-east side of Indianapolis.
 
The new store would be called North Meridian Hardware and would be located on the first floor of the two-story building and occupy 10,000 square feet. Payne said hopes to open the store by August.
 

Store view 15colAn artist's rendering of North Meridian Hardware.

"We really feel a strong need for something right along the main thoroughfare of downtown, where people can stop as they're heading home or coming into work," he said.

Payne will lease the space with an option to buy the building, a WFYI spokeswoman said.

Variances were granted to reduce off-street parking for the store from 108 to 46 spaces and to allow a larger projecting sign than usually permitted.

The hearing officer procedure is an administrative approval process for variances, and no further action is required by the city.

Individual companies have at times leased space inside the building, the WFYI spokeswoman said.

But a hardware store would likely be a welcome addition to the downtown area to cater to the growing population from the increased development of condominiums and apartment buildings.

WFYI still owns the building that it left when it moved to the former Indiana Energy headquarters at 1630 N. Meridian St. The broadcaster paid $8.5 million for the four-story, 94,000-square-foot building and spent $11.6 million on renovations and equipment.


 
 

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  • Great!
    As a downtown resident, it is always exciting to hear that basic services are returning to the area. Hardware, grocery and entertainment are really starting to make it back. I hope this building provides a proper street frontage unlike walgreens or CVS. Those projects are upsetting and an eyesore!
  • Pre-WFYI
    The 1433 building was the home of WLWI-13, which was originally a Crosley station, then Avco/Embassy. It was an ABC affiliate until 1979, when the big switch got pulled on 6 and 13 with NBC. I still recall Gen Mgr Chris Duffy going out to the transmitter with a rifle and shooting the awards from the network.
  • Riddick
    1440 N. Meridian was the Riddick Piano Company building - and also originally housed WISH - AM, FM, and TV. I don't know what changes other than to the exterior WXIN 59 made while they were there, but when WFYI was still calling it home, the Art Deco radio studios for WISH - AM 1310 were still intact; It'd be nice if someone were to refurbish and use the second (and there's a third, half-story in the back) in the manner it was originally designed for. Oh, well. WISH - AM 1310; WISH - FM 107.9, and WISH - TV; Ch. 8
  • Apparatus at 1401
    Apparatus occupies the building just south at 1401 N Meridian St. It was also previously owned by WFYI.
  • Apparatus?
    I thought Apparatus was there, or are they only on the second floor?

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