Two major placemaking projects set for downtown Indianapolis

Last year, Big Car Collaborative took over Monument Circle with family-friendly activities, live music, and art — now the city is coming back with an even bigger plan for the Circle and Georgia Street.

A rendering of what Monument Circle would look like with greenspace

The city’s plan is to have free programming on the Circle seven days a week.

Rendering via the City of Indianapolis and Merritt Chase

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You might remember seeing banners last year that asked the question: “Hey Downtown, what do you want your vibe to be?” Well, the results are in.

Yesterday, Mayor Hogsett announced two major initiatives for the downtown area: a temporary closure of Monument Circle’s southwest quadrant + a revitalization project for Georgia Street.

Those will be the first steps of a larger South Downtown Connectivity Plan to shape the future of the city that a team including Indy DMD, GANGGANG, and Merritt Chase are working on.

Monument Circle

Starting on Saturday, July 8, SPARK on the Circle will be returning for its second year in collaboration with Downtown Indy + arts nonprofit Big Car Collaborative, among other organizations. If you recall our story last year, you’ll remember that the pop-up project aims to bring more Hoosiers downtown by providing free programming like live music, public art, food and drinks, and storytelling.

Mayor Hogsett said SPARK would be “bigger and better than ever before.” With the closure of one of Monument Circle’s quads, a new greenspace will be created and two-stall shipping container restrooms will be installed.

Rendering of an evening at the pedestrian-friendly Georgia Street

An evening stroll on Georgia Street sounds nice, doesn’t it?

Rendering via the City of Indianapolis and Merritt Chase

Georgia Street

Beyond the Circle, a complete redevelopment of Georgia Street will also take place with the goal of creating a pedestrian-friendly, vibrant public space. If you’ve ever stopped by when it’s been closed for larger events like GenCon, you’ll understand the vision.

Expanded sidewalks + patio space for adjacent businesses on the west block will be the first phase of the project, with the aim of creating a “new front door” for the Indiana Convention Center and Hilton Signia Hotel.

Stay tuned, the connectivity plan has also outlined recommendations for re-envisioning City Market, another Convention Center expansion, and a Union Station Underpass project.

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