Great news about the Ford Motor Company Indianapolis Branch Assembly Plant

Ford Motor Company Indianapolis Branch Assembly Plant

Shawn Miller is putting together a proposal regarding the Ford Assembly Plant for a mixed-use development with Class A office space on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors of the main building. The first floor of the main building will have a mixed use including, but not limited to, restaurants and other retail uses and an entrance to the Indianapolis Museum of Automotive History. The museum will occupy the one-story building on Southeastern Ave.

This is an outstanding development for Indiana automotive enthusiasts. The museum is something that will be a true asset to Indianapolis.

The city was a commercial producer of automobiles and taxicabs from 1897 to 1994. The Circle City, with 97 different vehicles manufactured here, ranks second to Detroit’s as chief rival for the title of the nation’s auto capital. A few of these auto plants exist today. The museum has been a dream of many in the collector car and automotive enthusiasts communities to have such a venue to celebrate and present this rich history.

The Ford Assembly Plant opened in 1915 and assembled more than 581,00 vehicles through 1932. In its prime, the approximate annual payroll of the plant was a little over $1,100.000.

Many people firmly believe renovating this auto plant is our last chance to establish such an important asset for the city. Its proximity to the central business district and convention zone will make it a destination for tourists and out-of-town visitors. The adjacent location of the IVY Tech Automotive Technology Center will provide opportunity for a unique educational partnership. The collector car hobby is a multi-billion-dollar industry that needs well-trained and experienced mechanics and tradespeople.

I invite you to support this proposal to convert the Ford Assembly Plant. On February 21, the IPS School board will decide the fate of this building. If you can attend to speak in support of this proposal, you need to submit a request at least 24 hours ahead of the meeting.

You could also send a letter to each member of the IPS board. The commissioners are: Mary Ann Sullivan Pres: SullivMA@myips.org, Michael O’Conner VP: OConnorMB@myips.org, Kelly Bentley: bentleyk@myips.org, Diane Arnold: arnoldd@myips.org, Elizabeth Gore: goree@myips.org, Venita Moore: moorevj@myips.org, Dorene Hoops: Hoopsd@myips.org.

Let’s make this Indianapolis Museum of Automotive History happen. This is a “Once in a Lifetime Chance” to see this museum be built in an existing Indianapolis auto structure.

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