Fishers City Council OKs lease for arts and municipal complex

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City leaders in Fishers have approved a lease for the planned arts and municipal complex that is scheduled to open in March 2024.

The Fishers City Council signaled its support during its July 18 meeting for a resolution to enter into a lease with the Fishers Town Hall Building Corp. for the building, which will be built at 1 Municipal Dr. The $22.8 million project, which will replace the current Fishers City Hall building, will include a theater and art gallery with other amenities to be included as well.

The council also approved a separate resolution receiving and approving a petition of taxpayers requesting the lease of the building. City Controller Lisa Bradford told the council that since the council is the leasing agent in the matter, the city was required to receive a petition of 50 or more taxpayers that have been certified by the Hamilton County auditor.

The city indicated in the spring that it intends to use $6.3 million of its $6.9 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to help pay for the building. It will be designed and constructed by Indianapolis-based DELV Design and Meyer Najem, a construction firm in Fishers.

Officials said earlier this year that the Indianapolis Art Center will also partner with the city of Fishers to offer arts-related programming such as pottery or painting classes. Mayor Scott Fadness previously said that he and other city employees will work out of rented spaces or work from home when construction of the new City Hall building takes place.

In other business, council members passed a resolution amending an economic development agreement between the city and Maple Sturup, LLC. The city originally granted the company 24 months in incentives – a waiver of city fees – for the redevelopment project located on Maple Street.

The project calls for a three-story office building and retail space on the first floor, said Megan Baumgartner, director of community and economic development for the city of Fishers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project was put on hold, but the developers have since come back to the city and are excited to restart the project, she added.

The resolution approved by the council extends the incentive of waiving of city fees for an additional 36 months starting July 18, according to Baumgartner. The council’s next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 15 in the auditorium at Fishers City Hall, 1 Municipal Dr.

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