Some of the City of Fishers major construction projects will be finished in 2021, including the 146th Street and Ind. 37 interchange and the Nickel Plate Trail tunnel under 116th Street, among others.
Mayor Scott Fadness acknowledges that 2020 was a prolific year for road construction in the city.
“It was a very busy year in terms of road improvements,” Fadness said. “In 2021, there will be a bit of a rest. The only major road infrastructure project you’ll see in Fishers next year is 146th Street and State road 37 under serious construction.”
Earlier this year, 126th Street and Ind. 37 opened as part of the State Road 37 Project.
Nickel Plate Trail tunnel
Fadness said the most disruptive portion of the Nickel Plate Trail will be tackled in 2021.
“That is the 116th tunnel being built,” he said. “For a period of time, 116th Street will be closed to traffic as we build that tunnel. Our hope is to see significant work done on the Nickel Plate Trail in the downtown area in the near future, and at the end of next year, we expect to see that trail open from 106th Street to 131st Street.”
Some stretches of the trail on the south side and north side are complete, and the 116th Street tunnel will connect to those stretches.
“It’s always the most complicated work is the downtown trail section, but at the end of that, we will have world-class infrastructure,” Fadness said.
In the spring, 116th Street will close. Fadness said crews will work when schools aren’t in session.
Geist Waterfront Park
The first phase of the Geist Waterfront Park will begin next year.
“There will be a lot of activity out there. The beach, the parking lot, the restrooms, the gate, the entranceway are all parts of that first phase,” Fadness said.
Fadness said the city plans to open Geist Waterfront Park in the spring of 2022. The project will go to bid in February or March. Three phases are planned, but the park will be fully functional after the first phase.
Private sector projects
First Internet Bank will remain under construction in 2021, with completion planned for the end of next year. Fadness also said CRG Residential’s downtown project will be under construction through all of 2021. CRG Residential’s project is a five-story apartment building with 241 units, 10 townhomes, office and retail space along 116th, North and Maple streets. The project also will include a parking garage.
Another 116th Street project includes the Maple Del west of the Chatham Tap restaurant. Fadness said the project will break ground next year.
“Our economic development team continues to work, so there’s a lot of interest and activity on investing in our community, so I really am optimistic about 2021 when it comes to jobs and investment in our community,” he said.
Home ownership efforts
In 2021, the City of Fishers will launch a series programs to grow home ownership.
“This is a new idea we are looking at for next year,” Mayor Scott Fadness said. “There’s a desire to see diversified housing stock in our urban core – multi-family homes, new homes, single-family residential homes, so we are trying to work toward having a creative program in place to accelerate that opportunity.”
Fadness also wants to refresh the city’s sense of community.
“Hopefully, as we clear COVID and are able to interact and engage as residents once again, I really hope we have a strong offering of opportunities for people to engage in their community as well as they did, if not better, than they did prior to the pandemic,” Fadness said.