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Westfield moves 187-year-old building to make way for state Route 32 expansion

WESTFIELD — Westfield’s oldest building will soon move to a new home.

Construction crews began the process of moving the Green Building at the intersection of State Route 32 and Union Street on Tuesday. The building was built at the intersection in 1837 and was in use until 2020.

The building is in the path of INDOT’s plan to widen state Route 32 to four lanes between Westfield and Nobleville. The Westfield Preservation Alliance has pushed to save the structure rather than tear it down.

“We’re thrilled that everyone agreed this is the property that should survive,” said Linda Naas of the Westfield Preservation Alliance.

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Contractors hired by the city had planned to move the structure to a vacant lot next door Tuesday but instead pushed the move back a day. But crews were still preparing the building for the move, installing heavy steel beams beneath the floor.

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“It’s definitely a little emotional,” said Westfield Public Works Director Jonathon Nail. “It’s definitely a unique thing for Westfield. It’s not every day that you get to move a building, especially one that old.”

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The building will eventually be moved next to the Westfield Playhouse a block north on Union Street. Nail said the city hopes to move the building to its final location by the end of the year.

When the “Green Building” moves to its permanent home, it will lose its characteristic, modern color.

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“It won’t be a green building with vinyl walls. It will be restored to its early 1800s condition.”

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