Chaucie’s Place today announced that it will be moving into a home located on 106th Street and Gray Road, when it needs to vacate its current facility in November. The home is owned by Martin Marietta, which has agreed to rent to Chaucie’s Place for $1/year.
Chaucie’s Place was notified late last year that it would need to move due to the U.S. 31 road widening and resulting commercial development in the area. After exploring many options throughout the county, the board of directors selected this location because of convenience to the victim, the strong connection Chaucie’s Place has with the Carmel community, and because it was the most sound financial decision for the short- and long-term.
“Our 100 year-old farmhouse on West Main Street has been a very special place to us and the families in Hamilton County. We’re grateful to St. Vincent Carmel for providing us such a lovely home these past 10 years and to the folks at Martin Marietta for giving us the opportunity to create just as special a space in their facility,” said Dan Stevens, Chaucie’s Place board president. “We were overwhelmed and deeply appreciative of the many people and businesses in our community who reached out to us with possibilities and opportunities for a new location. We left no stone unturned before making a final decision.”
Chaucie’s Place leadership consulted with its multidisciplinary team before making a final decision on the new location. “Since Chaucie’s Place exists for the benefit of our victims and for those organizations that investigate and prosecute child abuse, we wanted to make certain we were meeting everyone’s needs,” said Stevens.
So that the Child Advocacy Center can move into its new facility on time, they will immediately begin a renovation that will be led by Envoy, Inc. After the renovations are complete, Cripe Architects + Engineers will design plans for an expansion that will allow Chaucie’s Place to grow as the needs of the county grows.
“While exploring various locations throughout the county, the one thing we were 100% committed to was providing an emotionally safe and child-focused environment for the child victims who come to Chaucie’s Place,” said Stevens. “After a few months of sweat equity from volunteers and supporters, we promise the new Chaucie’s Place will be just that.”