INDIANAPOLIS -- Sen. Connie Lawson (R-Danville) and Rep. Amos Thomas (R-Brazil) announced Monday the new Ivy Tech campus in Greencastle received the green light for construction.
The 32,000-square-foot structure will house the college's schools of business, education, health sciences, arts and workforce and economic development.
"This new campus brings excitement and opportunity to the residents of Greencastle and the surrounding areas," Lawson said.
The funds for the construction were secured in the state budget that passed during the 2007 legislative session, after years of effort on the part of Lawson. Thomas has been working with Lawson on the project since he was first elected prior to the 2007 session.
Although the money had been secured in 2007, in order for the money to be released for construction, the project had to be approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the members of the State Budget Agency.
"It's been a long road toward securing and obtaining the funds for this project," Thomas said. "I am so proud to have been a part of this process that will benefit our community both educationally and economically.
"I am excited to witness the culmination of our efforts for Greencastle."
The $8.4 million campus project will be built on approximately 30 acres of land donated by the city of Greencastle and will located at the intersection of State Road 240 and Zinc Mill Road.
Lawson represents Senate District 24, which includes portions of Hendricks and Putnam counties. Thomas represents House District 44, which includes portions of Putnam, Clay, Parke and Vigo counties.