The Plainfield Town Council approved a contract to begin constructing a new Government Center during the Town Council Meeting on Monday. Town leadership has continued working with RATIO Architects since 2018 to create a vision and initial design for the facility.
“This is an exciting second phase of our Conceptual Downtown Redevelopment Plan,” said Town Council President, Robin Brandgard. “We addressed the parking concerns with the construction of the Plainfield parking structure. Now, we’re focusing on long-term planning and the addition of entertainment to our downtown district.”
The Government Center is designed to be connected to a Performing & Fine Arts Center, which may be built where the current Municipal Building sits today. The Performing & Fine Arts Center addresses the need for an entertainment attraction in Downtown Plainfield. The Town Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Hendricks County Arts Groups to establish a partnership for the development of the center.
“We found it important to take a step back and conduct a new market study before approving the entire project at this time,” said Brandgard. “We are mindful that the global pandemic may have an effect on the arts, and we are looking to get a better understanding of that impact before approving the 600-seat Performing & Fine Arts Center.”
The phased project will kick-off this month with the construction on the new Government Center and should be substantially complete in the first quarter of 2022; it will be built west of the current Municipal Building, facing Mill Street.
“We are dedicated to providing excellent public safety, economic opportunity, and municipal services to our community,” said Town Manager, Andrew Klinger. “As a growing municipality, we have a growing staff that is currently working on top of one another. We believe this new Government Center will accommodate our needs for years to come and we are able to leverage the growth and development in the Town to fund the project in a way that will not increase taxes.”