Historic Landmarks' director for central Indiana, Mark Dollase, said he's never seen any evidence to support Ivy Tech's claim that saving the building isn't economically feasible. The school won a state appropriation of $69 million for the project, and won the city's blessing to tear down three other buildings on the 5-acre site in exchange for saving the old hospital. "I don't understand where the gap was there," Dollase said. "We feel Ivy Tech said they would do something and are now trying to renege."
The change in direction has some political overtones. The college dropped CSO Architects, which designed the original master plan, as one of its principals, Jim Schellinger, vied for a chance to take on Gov. Mitch Daniels. The college hired Daniels donor Schmidt Associates as a replacement.