The Week In Fishers

Ohio River sunset from my downtown Evansville hotel room
Ohio River sunset from my downtown Evansville hotel room

I spent most of the past week in the Pocket City, Evansville.  It was 66 degrees when I arrived Tuesday, and 25 degrees when I left on Friday.  As the picture above illustrates, it’s always nice scenery along the Ohio River.

Back in Fishers, I was able to attend a meeting of the Fishers Board of Work and Safety on Monday, where two important things happened.  First, the city entered into a “scoping agreement” with the Hagerman Group, which means Hagerman is the favorite to build the whole project and construct a new Fishers Police Headquarters building, as well as an adjacent parking garage.  Second, IKEA has agreed to pay for a left-turn lane to help customers more easily access the store.

Speaking of IKEA, they have one heckuva publicity department.  Their buildings have that iconic blue color and the first steel beams have been erected sporting that special shade of blue.  The PR staff was quick to send out a pic of the blue steel beams.  Unless there are construction setbacks one cannot now foresee now, IKEA in Fishers should be open in the fall of 2017, in plenty of time for the Christmas shopping season one year from now.

Fishers Police responded Thursday morning to a report of shots fired in an office park near I-69 & 96th Steet.  A news release from authorities says a former employee of a business in that area fired shots into the air.  A suspect in the incident was arrested a short time later by Lawrence Police.

We continue to await an economic development project announcement from the city. Mayor Scott Fadness appeared on Gerry Dick’s Inside Indiana Businessd television program and said a new development was in the works and would be made public within 30 days.  That was well over 30 days ago.  I am told the project is still in the works but just not fully nailed down yet, and should be announced shortly.  LarryInFishers will let you know once that happens.

TopGolf is now under construction near the I-69 interchange on 116th Street.  The facility has golf lovers all around central Indiana excited.  However, those golf enthusiasts will need to wait a bit longer.  TopGolf had hoped to open in the spring of 2017, it now looks more likely for a fall 2017 opening date.

Finally, Lindsey Erdody of the Indianapolis Business Journal reports that a new restaurant will be opening in the Switch Building December 13th.  LouVino is the name of the eatery, and is headquartered in Louisville.  The Fishers location will be their third.  If you like both wine and food, I hear this is the place for you.

Fishers Road Construction Listing – Work Week Starting December 5th

Although it sure feels like winter around Fishers now, that hasn’t slowed the road construction schedule around the city.  Note that the roundabout at 106th & Cumberland Road is now open, but motorists are cautioned to be careful as some construction activity continues there.

Below is the list for Fishers road construction projects for the work week beginning Monday, December 5th, provided by the city….

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EXIT FIVE PARKWAY

Exit Five Parkway is only open to right turning vehicles at this time. Vehicles are not permitted to turn left onto or off of Exit Five Parkway until the traffic signal is up and operational.

I-69 AND CAMPUS PARKWAY

Milestone Contractors has begun mobilizing cranes and other equipment and setting a temporary concrete barrier wall along I-69 at Campus Parkway Exit 210. Work will require alternating lane closures on northbound and southbound I-69 between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Lane closures may recur each night through the end of the week depending on weather and progress. Questions about this project should be directed to INDOT at eastcentralin@indot.in.gov or 1-855-463-6848.

I-69 TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS

INDOT is overseeing an overnight closure on multiple traffic lanes on I-69 overnight this week. Weather permitting, lane closures, traffic changes and rolling slowdowns of traffic will begin after 9 p.m. and are expected to end before 6 a.m. the next day. Construction schedules and traffic restrictions are subject to change, and questions should be directed to INDOT at indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone. Please drive with caution as a new traffic pattern is in place.

OAK DRIVE (IKEA WAY)

Oak Drive recently renamed IKEA Way is only open to right turning vehicles at this time. Vehicles are not permitted to turn left onto or off of IKEA Way until the traffic signal is up and operational.

106th STREET & CUMBERLAND ROAD ROUNDABOUT

The new roundabout at 106th Street and Cumberland Road is now open to traffic. Motorists are encouraged to drive with caution, this site is still an active construction zone.

106th STREET INTERCHANGE

INDOT has begun work on the 106th Street interchange. A lane shift is currently in place on I-69 and 106th Street is closed as construction continues. Additional details about this project will be released through INDOT and shared on the weekly construction update. Please be advised the speed limit from 82nd Street to 116th Street has been reduced to 55 mph and there are lane shifts on I-69. Please travel with caution and pay close attention to signage in the area.

116th STREET

There will be daytime and nighttime lane restrictions on 116th Street between Commercial Drive and Exit Five Parkway while road work is being completed.

126th STREET

There may be temporary lane restrictions on 126th Street between Allisonville Road and Lantern Road while shoulder work is being completed.

136TH STREET

Temporary lane restrictions will be in place along 136th Street, east of Prairie Baptist Road for the construction of a new entrance into the Silverton subdivision.

State Road 13 & I-69 Lane Restrictions

For those of you venturing north of Fishers on I-69, beware of traffic restrictions coming in the area of State Road 13.

Below is the full news release from the Indiana Department of Transportation:

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Construction contractors plan to set beams next Monday and Tuesday for widening the Interstate 69 bridges over State Road 13 as part of the I-69 Major Moves 2020 interstate expansion project. 

Flaggers will direct traffic on State Road 13 during daylight hours on Monday, Dec. 5. Motorists should plan for slow traffic and short delays or seek alternate routes.

Starting at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, northbound I-69 will be reduced to one lane and traffic on State Road 13 will be stopped for recurring periods of up to 20 minutes at a time. 

Milestone Contractors is widening bridges on I-69 as part of the I-69 Major Moves 2020 project, which is adding a third lane in the median to each direction of I-69 between State Road 37 (Exit 205) and State Road 38 (Exit 219). 

In addition, other improvements are being made to maintain and preserve existing bridges, pavement, and drainage structures on the 15-mile stretch of interstate.

Shot Fired Into The Air, Arrest Made

It’s not a good idea to fire shots into the air around Fishers.  One man is accused of doing just that and is in the Hamilton County Jail facing a felony count.  Jarrel Brown, 19, of Indianapolis, is charged with criminal recklessness with a gun.

Fisher Police were called to 9900 block of North by Northeast Boulevard at 10:00am Thursday after a man reportedly had fired a gun into the air near Nugistics, where witnesses told officers an ex-employee of the business had fired the shots and provided a description of the car used by the suspect to get away.  After notifying area authorities, Lawrence Police and detained the suspect without incident.

No one was hurt and there were no reports of property damage.

IKEA Taking Shape

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If you drive near the construction site of the new Fishers IKEA store, you can view the progress being made.  The company issued a news release to show their iconic blue steel beams are new being constructed.

“With IKEA Fishers taking shape and the blue paneling now going up, we continue to be on track for a grand opening next Fall,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “We hope to be enclosed in Spring, and cannot wait to begin transforming the building’s interior to look like an IKEA store as well. We know there are many customers in the area who are excited for us to open, including those who are driving great distances to shop at our other stores as well those who have yet to experience the unique IKEA shopping experience.”

City Begins Public-Private Partnership Plan To Build New Police Station

The City of Fishers is moving forward with a public-private partnership with Hagerman Group (through a separate entity “Hagerman Police Station LLC”) by beginning the pre-construction process of designing the new police headquarters structure.  The Board of Works and Safety approved a “scoping agreement” with Hagerman to begin the process.

City Attorney Chris Greisl told the board a request for proposals (RFP) was issued in September to “design, build and finance a new police station…to design, develop, build, finance, maintain, manage and operate a new public parking garage…and remodel the interior of the city’s current police station for future use.”  This will all be done consistent with Indiana’s Public-Private Partnership Act, the city attorney said.

The new police station is envisioned as a 50,000 square foot facility with 3 or 4 stories and a 240 space parking garage.  The old Bureau of Motor Vehicles building, most recently used for the Fishers City Court, will be demolished to make way for the new police building.

As part of the public-private partnership, the developer selected will plan, design, construct, operate, manage and finance the building on behalf of the city, ultimately transferring the entire facility to the City of Fishers, according to Greisl.

With Hagerman being selected by the mayor for the “Scoping Agreement,” Hagerman will do the preliminary work and plans for the new police building.  There is a $510,000 ceiling on what Hagerman will be paid during the Scoping Agreement period.

Then a developer will be selected to continue the project to its completion.  If Hagerman is not selected as the project developer, Mayor Scott Fadness says Hagerman will be paid 75% of its costs, up to the $510,000.

Fadness says the scoping agreement provisions provide language to give Hagerman  incentives “to be realistic about the scope” of the police headquarters building project.

 

IKEA To Pay For Left Turn Access From USA Parkway

IKEA wants a left turn access lane into its new Fishers store from USA Parkway, and has offered to reimburse the city for the cost of having it done.  The Board of Public Works & Safety approved a Memorandum of Understanding with IKEA to build the northbound left-turn access lane.

The city estimates the cost of constructing this left-turn lane will be $56,059.66.  This will be built during a period next year when the entire area will be under construction

Work on the project should begin in 2017.

To see a map of the area, use this link.

 

 

Police Arrest 2 Suspects Overnight on Burglary Charges

Fishers Police pursued two suspects early Saturday morning and, with the help of IMPD andf State Police officers, apprhended both.  It all started with police responding to an alarm at Coast to Coast Motors on 131st Street, just west of State Road 37.

Below is the full news release fromt the Fishers Police Department:

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Fishers police officers arrested two burglary suspects during the overnight hours.

 

Shortly after 3:00am Fishers police officers responded to a business alarm at Coast to Coast Motors located at 9200 E. 131st Street (131st Street and State Road 37). Upon their arrival officers observed a man inside the building. The male suspect ran from the business and got into a black Dodge truck occupied by a female suspect. Both suspects fled the scene and officers pursued them.

 

The pursuit ended, a short time later, on the 56th Street exit ramp from I465 South. The suspects stopped the Dodge and surrendered without incident. Both of the suspects were transported to the Hamilton County Jail. No one was injured during this incident. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Indiana State Police both assisted in the pursuit and apprehension.

 

Anyone with information regarding this incident or these suspects is asked to contact the Fishers Police Department at 317-595-3300.

Arrested #1 –            Myles K. McMahan

                                    22 years old

                                    Greenfield, Indiana

 

Charge(s) –               Burglary – Level 5 Felony

                                    Resisting Law Enforcement – Level 6 Felony

                                    Resisting Law Enforcement – A Misdemeanor

                                    Theft – A Misdemeanor

 

Held –                         Hamilton County Jail

 

Arrested #2 –            Terryn A. Crittenden

                                    18 years old

                                    Indianapolis, Indiana

 

Charge(s) –               Burglary – Level 5 Felony

                                    Resisting Law Enforcement – Level 6 Felony

                                    Theft – A Misdemeanor

Held –                         Hamilton County Jail

Fadness: Technology Is The Key To Indiana’s Growth

When one is asked to write an Op-Ed piece for the Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ), it is quite an honor.  I have been asked to do so on a couple of occasions  and was surprised to have that opportunity.

In the November 28-December 4 edition of the IBJ, the mayor of Fishers has an op-ed piece everyone should read.  It reveals a lot about the mayor’s thinking on how a state-wide economic development strategy should be developed for Indiana.

Scott Fadness makes the point that Indiana will not likely be able to rely on the three components of the current economy in the future.  He describes the three pillars as manufacturing, agriculture and distribution.

The mayor then goes on to provide an example of a company injecting a $90 million investment into an Indiana community.  Years ago, an investment of that size in a manufacturing project would yield as many as 1,000 jobs for that local area.  This time, the total job gain is in the range of 90 to 100 positions.  Bottom line, manufacturing isn’t the job machine it once was.

According to Fishers’ mayor, The “Internet of Things” can be the center of new growth for the Hoosier state.  Fadness makes a compelling case.

I know people such as Governor-Elect Eric Holcomb, House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long all read the IBJ.  My questions is – will they take Scott Fadness’ argument to heart?  Indiana clearly needs an economic development strategy moving forward, and the ideas Mayor Fadness is putting forward make as much sense as anything else I have seen lately.

This IBJ piece does one more thing for Scott Fadness – it raises his profile state-wide.  Many leaders in the Republican Party see Fadness as a part of the younger generation preparing to have a great deal of influence in state politics as the state heads into future election cycles.

You can access the mayor’s IBJ commentary at this link. (NOTE:  If you are not an online subscriber to IBJ, you may have trouble accessing it)

Giving Tuesday

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Giving Tuesday is now established as a day after Thanksgiving to support local charities doing good work in your local community.  There are a number of organizations in the Fishers area you should consider supporting on this important day of giving.

One of those groups is the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation.  They are making a pitch for your support.  Below is a news release from the foundation:

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Comptia A+. Sphero. Ozobots. Aerial Drones. Coding.  Sounds like a foreign language, but it’s actually just some of the innovative learning concepts the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation supported last year with your help.  These pilot practices help prepare our 21,000 students for careers of the future – for jobs that don’t even exist yet.  They create a sense of wonder that engages the mind, body and spirit of our learners.  
 
More than that, since our efforts are invested into teacher-led projects, you are sending a strong message that educators are the best tool in any classroom and deserving of our support.
 
Tuesday, November 29, 2017, has become known as Giving Tuesday.  It is our chance to celebrate the work of local schools while also bringing the next best practices in education home to HSE students.  We have a group of philanthropists on standby to match the first $21,000 that is donated to the HSE Foundation.  That means we can turn every tax deductible dollar you donate into two dollars of impact for our 21 local schools.  
 
That is why we are calling on all our loyal champions to rise.  Make a gift, snap a pic, and help us celebrate the incredible teachers, counselors, coaches, nurses, bus drivers, custodians and staff members that make HSE Schools a special place to learn.