The Town of Plainfield celebrated the groundbreaking and ribbon cutting for two major pieces of the Plainfield Civic Center complex on Friday, June 3rd. Plainfield Town Council Members, Town staff, Plainfield Chamber of Commerce President, Hagerman representatives, Butler Fairman & Seufert representatives and other Plainfield community members and partners gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Performing and Fine Arts Center and ribbon cutting for the Government Center.
The Plainfield Civic Center is comprised of the Downtown Parking Structure, the Government Center, the Performing & Fine Arts Center and a pocket park.
In 2017, the Plainfield Town Council adopted a Conceptual Downtown Redevelopment Plan with specific recommendations including the need for additional parking and establishing a potential entertainment attraction. The plan was developed after hosting several public input sessions and hiring Context Design to draft a guideline for redevelopment. RATIO Architects was hired to study and provide design concepts for the new government center and arts center.
The newly opened three-story government center will be an adjoining building to the larger complement of the performing and fine arts center, a 600-seat auditorium designed to fulfill the public’s request of more entertainment in the Downtown District. Hendricks Live! was recently established to manage the Performing & Fine Arts Center.
Hendricks Live!, Inc. (dba Hendricks Live!) is a nonprofit arts and entertainment organization whose mission is to create memorable experiences for central Indiana’s diverse communities by presenting, producing and hosting exceptional art, entertainment and community events. Located in the Plainfield Civic Center in historic downtown Plainfield, Hendricks Live! is an integral component of the Town of Plainfield’s Downtown Redevelopment Plan that began in 2017 to protect the long-term sustainability of its historic downtown as the civic, commercial and cultural core of the community. The initiative was developed in partnership with the Hendrick County Community Foundation and the Hendricks County Arts Council.
Executive Director of Public Safety, Jared McKee, also presented on the history of the former Municipal Building, which opened in June of 1968, almost exactly 54 years ago to the date. The building is scheduled to be demolished mid-June for the construction of the Performing & Fine Arts Center.
The Performing and Fine Arts Center is scheduled to open early 2024.