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Entertainment complex planned for Bicentennial Unity Plaza in Indianapolis, IN

A rendering of the complex

The Bicentennial Unity Plaza Entertainment Complex will sit in between an existing building + the arena.

Rendering via RATIO Design and City of Indianapolis

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A new structure has been added to the list of developments for the Bicentennial Unity Plaza, which is currently under construction.

The building idea was inspired by Chicago’s Wrigleyville + Milwaukee’s Deer District and will be built on a surface parking lot on the southwest corner of Delaware and Maryland streets.

The space

The $20 million Bicentennial Unity Plaza Entertainment Complex will have three levels — approx. 30,000 sqft in total. It will incorporate the following:

  • A restaurant on the first floor
  • A speakeasy in the basement
  • A second-floor event space
  • An outdoor area overlooking the plaza

The event space would have a smaller 300-person capacity to complement Gainbridge Fieldhouse’s arena-type venue, hosting corporate + personal events like weddings and other family gatherings.

The look

The complex will have a contemporary design with light-colored brick + metal. Wood and a semi-translucent wall will accent the box-like structure.

A member of the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission said they hope the designs will incorporate a historic component, reflecting its surrounding environment in the Wholesale District.

The details

The project will use money from Pacers Sports & Entertainment (PSE) owner Herb Simon.

It should be underscored that this plan won’t be final until it has approval from the preservation commission, as it’s in a historic district. An official vote on the proposal is set for May.

What’s the latest on the plaza’s construction? The $360 million renovation to the fieldhouse is projected to finish its final phase this summer.

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