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Officials Weighing Union Station Maintenance Options
Updated August 21, 2014 7:29 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indianapolis is assessing options for an estimated seven-million dollars in maintenance on historic Union Station.

The city expects to seek bids in a few months for an estimated one-and-a-half-million-dollar repair to the train station's south wall, where support brackets have been weakened by water damage. Greg Jacoby with the engineering firm Browning Day says the 125-year-old building is structurally sound, but some areas like the south wall and a leaky skylight running the length of the building need attention to avoid bigger problems later.

Metro Development director Adam Thies says the city will pay for the wall repairs. But he says city dollars are a last resort for another one-point-five-million dollars in repairs, and for three-point-eight-million in cosmetic changes. Thies says the city is looking at options from seeking federal grants to negotiating payments from CSX Railroad.

Thies says another option is to either sell the Greyhound bus terminal to the bus company, or close and redevelop it. Greyhound leases the space month-to-month -- Thies says the company and the city are reviewing options.

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