Fence goes up, trees come down

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It’s an exciting time for Fishers, and I think one big story is simmering on the backburner while the mayoral race completely boils over.

I’m constantly trying to suss out more information on the race and poke and prod people to find out how things are panning out.

Yes, it’ll be one heck of a race to pay attention to, but I must remind myself to keep an eye on what’s going on in front of me.

A fence was thrown up around the southwest parcel of green space in front of Fishers Town Hall. Equipment and people followed.

The trees started coming down. The Flaherty & Collins multi-use development is now underway.

A groundbreaking ceremony is slated for Sept. 24. I’m told the project is now going to cost $40 million. Remember, this is a public-private partnership. I’m also told the town’s portion is still sitting at $10.75 million.

In addition to work starting at the site, the Community Development Dept. briefed the town council, the Fall Creek BZA, Fishers BZA and the Plan Commission on the proposed Form Based Code that will drive the Fishers Downtown 2030 plan. Some of the details there will make most people’s eyes glaze over, but if you’re interested in how the town is actually trying to make the vision happen, check out the community news story I wrote about it. Don’t worry – I left the more eye-glazing parts out.

I sometimes scratch my head and wonder what would really make the downtown a big draw for people. Based on prior experiences interviewing someone in the business, I think the area is really yearning for a craft brewery. Not only does it economically make sense, I think a place like that could fit the rustic look that’s already in place.

But I’m just one beer geek that is always excited to try something new and explore that kind of business. What kind of businesses do you want to see in your downtown? Which businesses don’t fit the bill?

I will no longer be offering coffee hours, but you can still reach out to me via e-mail.


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