Construction moves forward on massive developments

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Workers expect to complete the first building in the $572 million Community Justice Campus this summer. (IBJ photo/Mickey Shuey)

Construction at the city’s Community Justice Campus, the Bottleworks District on Massachusetts Avenue and other big projects is progressing, despite the pandemic that has halted much of the rest of the economy.

The decisions about construction are up to developers and construction firms, as the industry is exempt from Gov. Eric Holcomb’s orders that non-essential businesses close and Hoosiers stay home, except for essential trips such as getting food or medicine.

The governor’s designation of construction firms as “essential” has permitted thousands of builders, welders, plumbers and other tradespeople to continue reporting to their respective job sites across the city and state at a time workers in other industries have been idled at record rates.

Developments throughout Indianapolis are still active—albeit with more stringent cleaning, social distancing and illness-reporting protocols in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The Community Justice Campus is still expected to debut its first building in late summer—a 37,000-square-foot center for individuals suffering from mental health and addiction problems.

The first phase of the $572 million development features nine buildings, including a new courthouse, sheriff’s office, adult detention center and professional offices—all of which are supposed to be finished by 2022.

Likewise, the first phase of construction of the $300 million Bottleworks District project at 850 Massachusetts Ave. is nearly finished. Work on that project—which counts Shiel Sexton and Fishers-based Hagerman Group Inc. as its general contractors—is proceeding normally.•

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