Way back in January, the city put out an open call for developers to submit project proposals for the redevelopment of three downtown sites: City Market brick wings, Marion County Jail II, and the Arrestee Processing Center. These mostly vacant sites are city-owned, and Mayor Hogsett has a goal to strengthen + revitalize downtown while adding dense housing and public use spaces.
Yesterday, a developer was announced for the Marion County Jail II and Arrestee Processing Center sites — 1820 Ventures will lead the way with its $120 million Cole Motor Redevelopment proposal, along with architectural design studios DKGR and Meticulous Design + Architecture.
Here’s what to expect from the redevelopment.
The campus will bridge downtown to the Near Eastside. | Photo via 1820 Ventures
An ode to the past
Nearly a century ago, the project site was home to Cole Motor Car Company’s campus — a luxury car builder and one-time Cadillac competitor. 1820 Ventures plans to incorporate this piece of Indy history into the new site. So far, we’ve seen the concept integrated into the site’s new name + can expect to see building restoration as a key design component (including historically accurate windows).
Trail Ride | Thurs., Aug. 4-Thurs., Aug. 25 | 5:45 p.m. | Fall Creek and 30th St. | Free | Every Thursday in August, meet up at a Pacers Bikeshare station + enjoy a free trail ride. 🚲 |
“By Indy, For Indy” Benefit Concert | Thurs., Aug. 4 | 6-10 a.m. | Hi-Fi Annex, Fountain Square | $20 | A relaxing night of soul, funk, jazz, and hip-hop presented by Habitat Sartorial, a nonprofit founded in 2021 by four Indy locals. 🎶
Adult Night at Freedom Springs | Fri., Aug. 5 | 8:15 p.m. | 850 W. Stop 18 Rd., Greenwood | $20 | Enjoy the music of Blue River Band while you take a stroll around the Lazy River, race down the water slides, and relax in a lounge chair. 🎵
Chicken + Beer Fest | Sat., Aug. 6 | 2-7 p.m. | Monument Circle | $30+ | A one-day festival with music, a hot wing eating contest + food and drinks from Indy chefs and brewers. 🍺
Fountain Square Creatives Art Festival | Sat., Aug. 6 | 12-8 p.m. | 1102 Virginia Ave. | Free | Catch a pop-up fashion show, street vending, and displayed works from artists in the community.
A Night of Irish Comedy | Sun., Aug. 7 | 7 p.m. | Helium Comedy Club, 10 W. Georgia St. | $25+ | Comedian Dave Nihill will perform Irish comedy, accent included. 🎭
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The National+Indianapolis Urban Leagues are giving more than $21 million in grants to 52 Marion County and nonprofit organizations as a part of its Indianapolis African American Quality of Life Initiative.Six of the awardees were given $1 million each. See all recipients. 💵 (WFYI Indianapolis)
The number of veterans experiencing homelessness in Marion Countyhas dropped by 35% in 2022, according to Helping Veterans and Families. The huge decrease is thanks to the $3 million the organization received in COVID relief funds at the onset of the pandemic. 🪖 (WISH)
Growing up. Agriculture tech company Living Greens Inc. has picked Muncie as the new home for a 200,000-sqft indoor vertical farming complex. The company plans on using a former warehouse to house the farm, producing seven million pounds of leafy greens per year. 🥬 (IndyStar)
Fishers foodies prepare. The Iowa-based grocery chain Hy-Veeannounced plans to build a store in Fishers, located at the intersection ofEast 136 Street and North Olio Road. No date for the start of construction has been announced, but we’ll keep you updated. 🛒 (IBJ)
As Westfield prepares for the sale of Grand Park Sports Campus, the appraisals are in to establish just how much it’s worth. The answer? No less than $85 million. The city is accepting bids from prospective buyersthrough Mon., Aug. 8 — currently, there are 18 interested companies from around the country. 🏈 (IndyStar)
Become a food merchant through the Indy Black Chamber of Commerce’s new residency program — Black restaurant startups can utilize five equipped kitchen stations to put their culinary vision into practice and start to grow their customer base, plus take business training classes. Learn more + apply. 🍳 (WISH)
The White River Alliance + White River Canoe Company have partnered to offer six free paddle days — two days of which coincide with the annual river cleanup. Just looking to relax? The other four days are themed only — think animal day — no cleanup involved. Make sure to register in advance. 💦
The Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center + Department of Public Works are hosting a free virtual information session on Tues., Aug. 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. Urbanism and development will be discussed in a Q&A format — just register online in advance. ⚒️
Head to Monthly Movie Nights starting this September to watch independent films made in Indiana. The Hoosier Films program will run throughout the state, with participating Indy theaters including Kan-Kan Cinema & Brasserie. See what’s available. 🎬
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Hamilton Town Center is getting a delicious addition. Family ownedAmerican Dream Coffee House is preparing to open a location there in the coming months.
While we wait impatiently for its official opening date, you can check out the family’s sister business,American Dream Nut Butter. There’s many unique flavors to try (we’re a fan of the caramel apple strudel) plus, 10% of proceeds go to helping veterans. 🥜
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