Martin Mills and Jacob Jackson of Martin Mills Construction put wood shakes on a canopy, while Joe Taylor of Joe Taylor's Masonry (far right) does some brick work. Collectively, the two parties are working on the Bureau of Motor Vehicles' new residence, located on National Avenue. The BMV is set to move into the new building Feb. 4.
Brazil's license branch for the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is changing homes, but everything else is staying the same.
In fact, the BMV plans on changing locations so quickly many Brazil residents won't even notice anything has changed at first.
"Phone numbers, employees, hours, etc. ... they're all staying the same," Miriam Viernes, a spokesperson for the BMV, said. "We'll be closing on Feb. 4 and opening back up on Feb. 9 to get everything moved."
The BMV's new location, 7 National Ave., had been damaged during demolition of the Arketex Building.
Marsha White, the BMV's director of leasing and property management, whose office is in Indianapolis, didn't know the extent of the work that had to be done, because she is not involved with that aspect of the move.
Lewis Commercial Properties, Inc., the company the State is leasing the building from, handled all renovation jobs themselves.
White did know the reason for the move, however. Employees "needed a little more counter, floor, and parking room" and negotiations with the current landlord weren't that successful.
Eventually, part of the new BMV's new building will be available for rent.
"We did not need the whole building through the entire lease term," White said. "We're in the process of trying to lease (all of it) temporarily for training purposes, but once we're done with that training, we want to be able to give it back to the company we're leasing from."