IndyFringe’s theater addition to get boost from developer

August 13, 2013
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                              trailhead rendering 225pxIndyFringe’s plans for a 2,100-square-foot theater addition at its home base near Mass Ave will get a boost from Milhaus Development LLC, which is building its Circa project just to the south of the theater group.

Milhaus began construction this month on its latest residential development, a 235-unit project along College Avenue and, at the same time, will lend its expertise to IndyFringe’s addition by serving as an in-kind general contractor.

“Because we are doing such a high-volume project just down the street, we have the opportunity to capture significant cost savings on materials and labor for Fringe … and provide oversight on the construction at little to no overhead cost to Fringe,” Jake D. Dietrich, a Milhaus project developer, said in a written statement.

In return, IndyFringe will let Milhaus feature one of its properties during the next three years as a lead sponsor of the IndyFringe Festival. This year’s event runs Aug. 15 through Aug. 25, and Milhaus’ Artistry project at 451 E. Market St. will be featured in festival materials.

IndyFringe last year purchased the property on St. Clair Street where the 65-seat addition and stage will be built next to its 100-seat IndyFringe Basile Theatre, originally a church built in 1927.

Between the two performance spaces will be a central court, named the Trailhead to denote its proximity to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. It will contain an elevator, ticket office, foyer, restrooms and green room for performers.

The project’s architect is Blackline Studio.
 

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  • Thank You
    That is pretty awesome, and it is great to see the developers giving back to help foster the artistic bent of Mass Ave!
  • Indeed!
    Nice community building effort here..good to see.
  • Love cooperation
    I love to see groups work together. The theater is a great thing to be close to upscale apartments as is the cultural trail. I think this is a winwin for both groups. Congrats.
  • Thank you Mihaus
    What a thoughtful, community-minded thing to do!
  • Congrats!
    Congratulations on yet another great project. Proud of you!
  • Bravo Milhaus
    Well done Milhaus & Mr. Dietrich for helping out with this project. Thanks for setting an example of how private developers and businesses can help support downtown Indy's development, especially the Arts.
  • Win-Win
    This joint effort is a win-win for the city of Indianapolis and the arts community.

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