Downtown concert venue planned as part of jail site redevelopment

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The Vogue
In 2019, Forty5 Presents partners Eric Tobias, Andrew Davis and Scott Kraege purchased the entertainment business that stages events at Broad Ripple’s Vogue venue, 6259 N. College Ave. (IBJ file photo)

The concert company that operates the Vogue in Broad Ripple will add a 60,000-square-foot downtown venue to its portfolio as part of redevelopment plans for the former Arrestee Processing Center near the intersection of East Market Street and College Avenue.

Forty5 Presents, which oversees the Vogue and the summer concert series Rock the Ruins at Holliday Park, is listed as a partner of 1820 Ventures LLC in a proposal to overhaul the former Arrestee Processing Center and Jail II.

On Wednesday, the Department of Metropolitan Development announced its selection of 1820’s plans after issuing a request for proposals in January. The concert and event venue is one component of a project that includes apartments, educational facilities, retail space and a co-working office area.

The live music room is planned for the third and fourth floors of the four-story APC building, which initially was home to the Cole Motor Car Co. a century ago. The venue’s audience capacity is expected to be flexible, ranging from 500 to 3,000 attendees.

Jeremy Stephenson, managing partner of 1820 Ventures, told IBJ that his company sought opinions from area residents on what they would like to see at the redeveloped Cole Campus. A concert and event venue emerged as an idea based on neighborhood feedback.

“We were hearing, ‘We want a place where the neighborhood can come into and experience. We don’t want it to be closed off like multifamily buildings can sometimes feel,’ ” Stephenson said.

Eric Tobias, a co-owner of Forty5 Presents with Andrew Davis and Scott Kraege, said it’s too early in the process to discuss details of the new venue.

Tobias said the venue’s name will be unveiled at a later date. The new venue won’t affect business at the Vogue, Tobias said, but a 3,000-capacity room gives Forty5 Presents options when pursuing touring artists who attract audiences larger than what the 900-capacity Vogue can accommodate.

Forty5 Presents purchased the entertainment business that stages events at the Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave., in 2019. The 2022 Rock the Ruins lineup has featured appearances by Counting Crows and Bruce Hornsby. On Sept. 18, Forty5 Presents will bring Watkins Family Hour, a band featuring two members of Nickel Creek, to The Toby venue at Newfields.

Area concert venues and audience capacities

  • Ruoff Music Center, 24,000
  • Gainbridge Fieldhouse, 20,000
  • TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park, 6,000
  • MacAllister Amphitheater in Garfield Park, 5,000
  • Nickel Plate District Amphitheater, 4,000
  • Murat Theatre in Old National Centre, 2,500
  • Pavilion at Pan Am, 2,500
  • Rock the Ruins at Holliday Park, 2,500
  • Clowes Hall, 2,100
  • Egyptian Room in Old National Centre, 2,000
  • Hilbert Circle Theatre, 1,660
  • Palladium at Carmel’s Center for the Performing Arts, 1,600
  • The Vogue, 900
  • Madam Walker Legacy Center, 900
  • Hi-Fi Annex, 750
  • The Toby at Newfields, 530
  • Hi-Fi, 400
  • Emerson Theater, 400

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7 thoughts on “Downtown concert venue planned as part of jail site redevelopment

  1. All of this work should have occurred WHILE the new jail was being planned….

    Classic Indianapolis creating the transition plan 2 years after the transition…