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Fishers finalizing plans for amphitheater upgrades

December 22, 2017

The city of Fishers has finalized plans for the first stage of its $6 million amphitheater project.

City officials have been discussing how to improve the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater for months and determining how to best use the $6 million budget.Fishers amphitheater

The project now includes expanding the amphitheater stage to 25 feet to better accommodate bands and other performers, constructing a 1,700-square-foot pavilion between City Hall and the amphitheater for restrooms and community meeting space, creating designated handicap-accessible viewing locations, sidewalk improvements and additional lighting. (See image to the right.)

The amphitheater and the lawn surrounding it are used for the city’s two popular summer concert series—Tuesday Night Concert Series and AMP After Dark on Friday nights—and for the Fishers Farmers Market. The venue is open year-round.

The upgrades are expected to be completed by mid-June. Previous designs for the project included a playground, water feature and terrace for activities like ping pong and cornhole, but those elements are not in the final plans.

In future stages of construction, the city is considering adding additional grade to the amphitheater, continuing the sidewalk improvements to City Hall, adding more lights, making additional drainage and irrigation improvements, installing a fountain and doing more electrical work.

If the city is under budget during the first round of construction, some of the additional options could be completed.

The Fishers City Council approved $7 million in bonds for the project in October, but the construction cost is expected to be $6 million.

Just north of the amphitheater property, the city has requested proposals from developers for two vacant parcels that are divided by Municipal Drive.

The city is looking for projects that would complement the outdoor concert venue and could bring a total of 65,000 square feet of office space to the area. The RFP the city issued says the commercial development should either be exclusively office or combine office with retail and/or residential. The city also requested at least four parking spaces per 1,000 square feet of leasable space.

The two parcels have less than 3 acres of developable land.

Proposals were due Nov. 13, but no decision has been made yet.

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