Indianapolis naming new downtown plaza after Lugar

 A new public park that's being built outside the City-County building will be named in honor of former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar.

The 85-year-old Lugar served as Indianapolis' mayor from 1968 to 1976 and as a U.S. senator from 1977 to 2013.

He joined current Mayor Joe Hogsett and former mayors Steve Goldsmith, Bart Peterson and Greg Ballard for Monday's announcement that the City-County Building's revamped south plaza will be known as the Richard G. Lugar Plaza.

The $9 million project will feature an interactive water feature and an event lawn that will hold 1,500 people, IBJ reported in April.

Seating, shaded areas and art is also planned.

Lugar said the new space will allow hundreds of visitors a day to "get to know each other" better.

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