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Federal building parking garage may get much-needed overhaul

February 16, 2016

The parking garage at the Minton-Capehart Federal Building in downtown Indianapolis could get a much-needed, $10.7 million makeover if Congress approves President Barack Obama’s 2017 budget request.

The U.S. General Services Administration completed a $49 million upgrade of the building at 575 N. Pennsylvania St. in 2012. The agency’s administrator, Denise Turner Roth, was in Indianapolis on Tuesday to announce that, if approved, the parking garage project would complete that restoration.

Officials said the garage is more than 40 years old and in urgent need of repair. According to a statement released by the GSA, “corrosion, spalling and delamination of the structure is threatening tenant and property safety.” Sections of the garage have been closed due to the risks.

“This funding will help improve the services provided at this important federal building, including Social Security and Veterans Affairs,” U.S. Rep. Andre Carson said in a statement. “Local, state and federal officials have long shared the goal of renovating this site to make it a safe and more efficient resource for the city of Indianapolis.”

The 2012 renovation included work on office interiors, installation of efficient mechanical systems, and reorganization of the lobby to accommodate security. In addition, the project restored the Color Fuses mural on the building and installed a computer-controlled LED system to light it the way the artist, Milton Glaser, intended.

Obama submitted his budget to the Republican-controlled Congress earlier this month but it is expected to undergo substantial changes.

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