Indy Star: Construction of the Arts & Municipal Complex could begin this fall and will be funded with a combination of municipal bonds and $6 million in American Rescue Plan Act COVID-19 relief funds.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today celebrated how President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan is still delivering for Hoosiers. This time, the COVID-19 relief law is delivering $6 million to replace Fisher’s structurally deteriorating City Hall. The project will also create a permanent space for local performers and artists in Fishers. These community investments, delivered by Indiana Democrats like André Carson and Frank Mrvan, are fueling a better and brighter future for Hoosier families.
While Republicans like Fisher’s Mayor Scott Fadness acknowledge the American Rescue Plan as an “an opportunity to answer a longstanding need in our community”, politicians like U.S. Congresswoman Victoria Spartz voted “NO” on this investment for her constituents. Last year, Representative Spartz falsely claimed only a small percentage of the Rescue Plan actually addressed COVID-19 – calling the package a “wish list” of the Democrats. Indiana GOP Chairman Kyle Hupfer even called this project “socialism” – claiming this opposition was a “great campaign to run on”.
Throughout the 2022 elections (and beyond), Democrats will highlight how the Indiana GOP puts their partisan agenda above delivering on kitchen table issues for Hoosiers.
Here’s a look at how the American Rescue Plan continues to deliver for the Hoosier State:
Indy Star: Fishers releases plans for new City Hall and arts center funded partly with COVID-19 funds
Fishers unveiled plans Monday to tear down its structurally deteriorating City Hall and replace it with a $22.8 million three-story City Hall and arts complex that gives local performers and exhibitors their first permanent home in the city.
Construction of the Arts & Municipal Complex could begin this fall and will be funded with a combination of municipal bonds and $6 million in American Rescue Plan Act COVID-19 relief funds.
“We’ve been able to leverage an unfortunate situation into an opportunity to answer a longstanding need in our community and to continue making investments in arts and culture in Fishers,” said Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness said in prepared remarks.
The first floor of the building will be dedicated to the arts with a theater space that can seat up to 330 people and room for exhibits, classes and meetings.
The facility will fill a void in the city’s arts scene. Many organizations, such as the Nickel Plate Players and Fishers Music Works, have had to perform wherever they can find available space, often outside of Fishers. A 2019 effort by the Fishers Arts Council to raise $500,000 to establish a permanent home was abandoned because it couldn’t find a location that fit that budget.