Looking ahead to 2023, Fishers will continue to grow as a city, according to Mayor Scott Fadness. With many enterprising construction projects and businesses moving to the area, the city expects to extend its trend of growth.
“If 2022 was the year of introducing big ideas, then 2023 is going to be about executing all of those projects,” Fadness said. “What’s fun for our team now is to put our heads down and really make sure these projects live up to what we sold the community on. We get to watch the excitement build as ground breaks on these projects and they get to see the buildings come up and new programs and events are introduced.
“That’s what we’re looking forward to in 2023.”
Fishers Event Center
The $170 million event center planned for Fishers District will be home to the Indy Fuel minor league hockey team. The team will set up headquarters and play home games at the event center. However, the facility will also be a hub of entertainment events, such as concerts, high school graduations and other large events hosted by the city.
“Fishers is thriving, and this demonstrates that our momentum isn’t slowing down,” Fadness said. “Since 2019, residents and visitors of Fishers have enjoyed The Yard at Fishers District with a demand we haven’t experienced elsewhere. This decision to expand the District into even more neighborhoods is exciting news from an entertainment perspective, but also because of the economic development promise to come.
“This expansion not only answers the call from CEOs and employees looking for restaurants and entertainment but can now be home to our schools’ graduations and statewide sporting events.”
The facility is slated to open for the Fuel’s 2024-2025 season.
Andretti Global Headquarters
Andretti Global, the parent company of Andretti Autosport, announced Aug. 22 that it plans to build a $200 million headquarters in Fishers. The 575,000-square-foot building will be constructed on 99 acres in Fishers near the Nickel Plate Trail Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve and Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport.
The facility is expected to create up to 600 new jobs by 2026. The projected annual salary for the jobs will be about $100,000 and will create 956 construction jobs during the year of construction, according to city officials.
Construction will continue through 2023. The facility is slated to open in 2025.
The Stevanato Group, a technology company headquartered in Piombino, Italy, is working to make Fishers its new U.S. hub. The $1.45 million project includes a new 370,000-square-foot facility that is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. The headquarters is expected to be fully operational in early 2024.
Nickel Plate Trail
The Nickel Plate Trail is a paved walking and bicycling trail along the former Nickel Plate Railroad. The Fishers portion stretches from 106th Street to 146th Street. The trail will eventually extend into Indianapolis and Noblesville.
Construction of the Fishers portion of the trail began in the spring 2020. Paving has been completed from 106th Street to 146th Street, including the new pedestrian tunnel beneath 116th Street. The paved portions are open for pedestrian and bicycle access.
In spring of this year, Fishers was awarded $4.5 million by the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources via the Next Level Trails Grant for construction of the remaining 1.3 miles of the Nickel Plate Trail from 96th to 106th Street as well as completing connectivity along 106th Street between Hague Road and the recently constructed Nickel Plate Trail.
In the coming months, the city will begin designing the additions to the trail, including a pedestrian bridge over 96th Street connecting the trail to Indianapolis. The city is exploring a phased approach that would allow the construction of the Nickel Plate Trail between Hague Road and 106th Street to potentially begin as early as spring of 2023.
Community and culture
Fadness said community will continue to be at the forefront of the city’s plans to grow in the new year.
“Most importantly, we’re focusing on community-building,” Fadness said. “We’re not immune to a lot of the national narrative that has polarized our community. We plan to be intentional with community events and nurturing bonds between neighborhoods.”
City Hall and Arts center
Construction on Fishers’ new City Hall and Arts Center is underway. The facility will be a 3-story multi-use building that will double as a city government building and a community center.
The first floor will include theater space with the capacity to seat up to 330 people where city council meetings will be held. The first floor will also have rooms for exhibits, classes, workshops and meetings. The second and third floors will be offices for city officials.
The arts center featured in the new City Hall will provide local painters, sculptors, actors, singers and dancers a place to perform.
The city has partnered with the Indianapolis Arts Center to bring displays and entertainment to the center. Scheduling priority will be given to local Fishers arts groups, such as the Nickel Plate Players and Fishers Music Works.
Construction will continue through 2023 with the expected opening date to be in spring of 2024.
Fishers is also working to create a plan for a Community Center–something Fadness believes is long overdue.
“It felt like the community really needed a central community center,” Fadness said. “So, we hope to unveil our official plans for that in January or February of 2023.”
Hamilton East Public Library
The Hamilton East Public Library-Fishers, at 5 Municipal Dr., is under construction. Phase II of the project, which includes renovating the interior of the library with new carpet, paint and interior design aspects such as the entryway sculpture, is expected to begin in early 2023.
The budget for Fishers’ growth in 2023
With so many projects underway or ready to be launched, residents will see a total investment of $1 billion in the city.
“I don’t think that residents realize just yet the amount of development that’s going to go on (in Fishers) in the next 12 to 24 months,” Fadness said. “It’s really exciting from our perspective.”