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Old IND Terminal...Any Update On Its Future?  
User currently offlineRampguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3349 times:

I have not heard any word in several months, certianly not since the new terminal opened in November. Does anyone know if any decisions have been made regarding what will be done with the old terminal at IND? Has the airport authority even discussed it recently? Yes, I'm almost certain that it will be demolished, but I guess what I was curious to know if anything ideas have been talked about as to what to do with the land. Last year there were thoughts thrown out in other threads, but that was several months ago.

Thanks for the thoughts.

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User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2017 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3305 times:

I flew through IND last week and the old terminal didn't look it had been touched at all. We passed it on landing and all of the jetbridges were still attached. I'd love to see some photos of the inside now that it's been closed.

As for the land use, I'm not sure. I had heard some buzzing about a potential cargo center going in, but one of the IND natives here could probably say better.


User currently offlineChase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3238 times:



Quoting Jsnww81 (Reply 1):
I'd love to see some photos of the inside now that it's been closed

The Indianapolis Star's website had an article published on the first day of operations of the new terminal, which contained about a dozen pictures of the old terminal that were taken that morning. It may still be archived at www.indystar.com


User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7531 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3235 times:

IIRC they have plans for it to become an Airport business park.


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User currently offlineWillbdsp From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3210 times:

http://www.indystar.com/section/NEWS10&template=theme&theme=airport

On the right side, there's a link that will take you to pictures of the old terminal. They are shot in black and white.


User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9180 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3147 times:



Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 3):
IIRC they have plans for it to become an Airport business park.

Hopefully it would not mean tearing the old terminal down, like it did with the old PIT terminal. I kinda wish that old terminal was rendered historic -- not necessarily the whole building, but at least the main entrance. That was, at one point, one of the biggest airports in the country if I am not mistaken.

Of course, now that old terminal was torn down in 1999/2000 to make way for the airside business park. If that is the future now for the old IND terminal, maybe they could do something to incorporate the old terminal building into some newer and more suitable use besides religating it to dust...



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User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3148 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3124 times:

The only thing that was good about that old terminal was the Chick-Fil-a. As the end came near they quit caring about doing anything to it. The roof leaked everywhere, it smelled like mildew and the jetbridges started breaking. Nobody would want to work in those conditions.


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User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4948 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3114 times:

The old terminal looks like it was probably built around the same time as MSP, early 60's.
I too hope they find a new use for it.

That new terminal looks very nice. Lots of artwork to look at. That central area is just huge!



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User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2017 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3013 times:



Quoting Pilotpip (Reply 6):
The only thing that was good about that old terminal was the Chick-Fil-a.

So true. That was always my first stop as soon as I came out of Concourse B. I was so disappointed to see that they weren't moving to the new terminal.

Quoting Pilotpip (Reply 6):
As the end came near they quit caring about doing anything to it. The roof leaked everywhere, it smelled like mildew and the jetbridges started breaking.

Also very true. I flew out of the old terminal about a week before it closed, and it was horribly depressing - half the shops and restaurants had already closed. In the bathrooms they had simply stopped fixing the toilets that had broken, so on Concourse B there was only one functioning urinal in the men's room. The carpet was patched with duct tape in several places and there were moldy water spots on the ceiling, too.


User currently offlineAA717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2934 times:

If you could resurrect a section from the mid-60's with the outside observation deck (illegal now, of course--people standing around watching airplanes is a obvious threat to national security...).

Sorry but the rest of the terminal is a blight on the city. It was 10 years past its prime 10 years ago. The Pan Am Games in '81 was a great excuse to build a new terminal. But they invested millions of dollars in the old building.

TC



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User currently offlineJeremy From United States of America, joined May 2001, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2890 times:

I was in there about a month after the move, in order to get some stuff we left over there.
It was pretty cool to walk around in the empty building.
There is a rodent infestation though!
I picked up some old airline signs but everything else was still in there. I'd love to get some more.



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User currently offlineChase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2828 times:



Quoting Jeremy (Reply 10):
I was in there about a month after the move

I assume the general public can't just walk in there, right? I'm unfortunately no longer in the industry...


User currently offlineAv8rDAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 462 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 5 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2616 times:

I remember flying in there once on FL for a daylong business meeting. It was an old terminal, like stepping back into the birth of the jet age of the early 60s. It really could have been renovated and modernized into something cool, but I guess it just wasn't big enough.

At least we still have the old TWA terminal at JFK to look at (I can't just call it the "new JetBlue terminal"). That is one marvelous piece of architecture.



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User currently offlineWA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2211 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (5 years 5 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2595 times:



Quoting AA717driver (Reply 9):
The Pan Am Games in '81 was a great excuse to build a new terminal. But they invested millions of dollars in the old building.

One minor correction: The Pan Am games were in 1987, not 1981.

The Airliners International convention was in IND the week before the Pan Am games started. During the convention, Lan Chile brought in a 707F, with horses for the equestrian events, to the delight of everyone at the convention.

The C Concourse opened the week of Airliners International, too.



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