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Groundbreaking nears for $7.5M Fletcher Arts project

December 3, 2010

Fletcher Arts Indianapolis 1Developer and architect Craig Von Deylen is finalizing plans for a mixed-use project Fletcher Arts Indianapolis 2called Fletcher Arts just west of the intersection of Virginia Avenue and East McCarty Street. The project at 719 Virginia Ave. calls for 57 market-rate apartments, 7,000 square feet of storefront commercial space and a 58-space parking garage. It is a scaled-back version of a proposal Von Deylen has been working on for about two years. The first phase of the project, including the apartments and parking, will cost about $6.5 million, said Von Deylen, who has closed on the property and is awaiting term sheets from two lenders. The commercial phase would add about $1 million, he said. Von Deylen hopes to recruit an arts-focused organization (other than iMOCA, which has settled in at the Murphy Arts Building) to take first-floor space in Fletcher Arts, which will sit along a future phase of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. The project still requires Regional Center approval. Von Deylen hopes to begin construction in late spring. The designer is Blackline Studio, a new local firm led by Craig McCormick, who described the building's design in an e-mail: "Simple contemporary forms are articulated to express the playful culture of the neighborhood. The design is a balance of urban fortitude and the lightness and transience of contemporary life." Check out elevations from the north, south, east and west.

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