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WFYI wants to build tower at new Meridian Street site

February 6, 2007

Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting Inc., the not-for-profit that operates WFYI public television and radio stations, is seeking a zoning variance to build a 150-foot microwave transmission tower at the former headquarters of Indiana Energy Inc., 1630 N. Meridian St.

The MIPB board voted late last year to authorize buying the building, which is listed by its Los-Angeles based owner, Mission Office Park LLC, for $10 million. If a deal is completed, WFYI TelePlex would move into the building from its current location two blocks south at 1401 N. Meridian St.

The Board of Zoning Appeals is scheduled to hear the variance petition Feb 13.

The building has been all but vacant since the utility merged with Southern Indiana Gas & Electric Co. in 2000. The merged company was renamed Vectren Corp., and is headquartered in Evansville.

Roughly 12 Vectren Corp. employees work in the 94,000-square-foot-building. It has 320 spaces in a parking garage and 110 on a surface lot.

WFYI President Lloyd Wright has said the organization wants to bring its employees under one roof and offer more space. It now operates from two buildings; the second is next door to its main facility.

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