PLAINFIELD, IN – At last evening’s Town Council meeting, the Plainfield Town Council granted approval to move forward with construction of the Plainfield Performing and Fine Arts Center in Downtown Plainfield.
The Performing and Fine Arts Center, which includes a 600-seat auditorium, will provide a new entertainment attraction in Downtown Plainfield. The Center is expected to be a regional attraction for local and touring performances. The Town Council entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hendricks County Arts Groups to establish a partnership for the development of the center.
The Performing and Fine Arts Center is the second phase of a two-phase downtown construction project that started last October on the corner of Center and Main. A new Government Center is currently under construction adjacent to the existing municipal building and scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2022. The Performing and Fine Arts Center will then begin construction on the site where the current Municipal Building sits and will be connected to the new Government Center when completed. The new downtown complex will also house the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce office and a community room space.
While the Government Center was authorized last fall, the Town Council wanted to further explore the potential impacts of COVID on the Performing & Fine Arts Center. The Town hired a consultant to conduct the post-COVID market study, which concluded last month. “I am proud of our Council and Town leadership for taking a step back to analyze the potential impact the current pandemic could have on this project,” said Robin Brandgard, Town Council President. “What we found was that COVID-19 will not seem to impact the success of the Plainfield Performing & Fine Arts Center and that the region is supportive of such a project.”
The Performing and Fine Arts Center represents another action step in the Plainfield Downtown Conceptual Plan that was finalized in 2017. The Downtown plan has resulted in the development of “The Barlow”, a $22M mixed use project by Rebar Development, a new 250 space parking structure with street level retail, and the proposed remodel of the historic Prewitt Theater into a dining and entertainment venue in the past few years.
“Hearing the public’s calls for new entertainment options in the downtown district, we are excited to get started on this part of the downtown conceptual plan,” said Town Manager, Andrew Klinger “We look forward to the new investment this project will attract to our community.”