An exciting redevelopment proposal for the Virginia Avenue buildings in Indianapolis now that the bail bonds storefront is gone.
According to the IBJ, The owner of three vacant buildings along Virginia Avenue between Pennsylvania and Delaware streets hopes to develop one of them with five apartments and first-floor retail, recruit retail and office users for a second, and tear down a third to make way for parking. The small buildings at 40, 42 and 44 Virginia Ave. are owned by a family trust controlled by Don and Dave Lucas and have been in the family since the 1980s, Dave Lucas said. The last tenant, Fortune Bail Bonds at 44 Virginia Ave., departed in January. Click here to read more.
International Code Council Announces Changes to the 2012 International Residential Code(but note that in Indiana -- the Indiana Residential Code 2005 Ed. adopts the 2003 IRC).
With some exceptions, newly added Section R501.3 Fire Protection of Floors of the International Residential Code (IRC) now requires ½-inch gypsum board or equivalent material to be applied to the underside of floor assemblies in buildings regulated by the IRC. The change addresses concerns for firefighter safety and incidents of injury or death to firefighters
while fighting residential fires due to the collapse of floors. The application of gypsum wallboard or other approved material intends to provide some protection to the floor system against the effects of fire and delay collapse of the floor. This provision primarily is aimed at light-frame construction consisting of I-joists, manufactured floor trusses, cold-formed steel framing, and other materials and manufactured products considered most susceptible to collapse in a fire.
See media.iccsafe.org to read more.
Theresa Ringle is an architect and an Indianapolis, Indiana construction lawyer. Theresa has twenty years of combined experience