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Indianapolis Red Cross plans $10 million HQ

INDIANAPOLIS – The American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis is working on plans for a new $10 million headquarters building.

The two-story, 44,000-square-foot building is being planned for a site that is a currently a vacant car dealership 15th and Meridian streets north of the city’s downtown, The Indianapolis Star reported (

The move comes as the organization is selling its current office building for $8 million to the city, which plans to build a new fire department headquarters and fire station at the location.

Indianapolis Red Cross chief executive John Lyter said the group is working to raise about $4 million from donors – a fundraising goal he’s confident of reaching.

“We have a very loyal donor base and have a number of people on the list who like capital projects,” he said.

Construction is expected to take about 14 months, and Lyter said he hopes work can start on the building later this year.

The new building will be smaller than the current 56,000-square-foot headquarters, which was built in 1967. The Red Cross can make do with less space because it does more work now with partners and not as many people visit its building as did in the past, Lyter said.

Plans are for the building to have room for a 40-person staff and numerous volunteers and contain an emergency shelter.