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Cost To Move Tower May Doom Historic Seymour Police Post

The possible $500,000 cost to move a communications tower appears a sticking point in preserving the 70-year-old building.

Seymour ISP Post

Photo: Indiana Landmarks

The Indiana Historical Review Board again says this police post is destined for demolition.

A 70-year-old state police post in Seymour that appeared may be saved at the eleventh hour by a historic preservationist now appears headed for the wrecking ball.

The state has not found a buyer for the building, in part because a communications tower on the property is too expensive to remove. Earlier this month, the Indiana Historic Preservation Review Board gave permission for the demolition of the police post because the building is considered irreparable and cannot meet requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Though police vacated the building years ago, they still use a 300-foot tall communications tower behind it.  A potential buyer considered saving the post for posterity, but would only agree to the purchase if the tower could be removed.

Indiana State Police Spokesman Captain Dave Bursten says that is not going to happen.

“Any sale of the property as it stands now, the plan will be where the tower stands and where the associated buildings related to the function of the tower stand, will be separated from the parcel of land where the police post stands, and will not be part of any sale,” Bursten says.

Bursten says if someone else bids on the property, the sale would be contingent on the buyer agreeing to take responsibility for the expenses of relocation of the tower or the cost of building a new tower. He says building a new tower would cost between $350,000 and $500,000.

  • Glory-June Greiff

    This historic building is actually older than 70 years, one of several state police posts built in the 1930s by the WPA. They were state-of-the-art for their time, designed in the “modernistic” architecture of the day. All featured the newfangled radio towers. We have lost too many of these already. They are sturdy AND adaptable.

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