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Good Monday morning. This is Fishers Digest. The only local newsletter that hopes you have an amazing week 💪 

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In today’s digest:

  • Andretti HQ

  • Shop Fishers

  • Weekly construction report

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The Digest

When Andretti HQ 🏁 

Rendering of Andretti HQ

Race fans. This ones for you.

One big thing: The Andretti Racing HQ is still being built, despite all their setbacks. Goal is still to open in 2025.

Looking back: In 2022, The Andretti Global team announced they will build a $200m headquarters in Fishers. It will be right by the Indy Metro airport and Nickel Plate Trail.

Problems started when one of the company’s who helped with the designs and construction were fired. So they sued Andretti’s planner in Hamilton County Court for $11.3 million. They’re claiming breach of contract, amongst other things. You can read the entire court complaint here.

Why it matters: Andretti is a big name in racing. The campus will employ at least 500 people and is a huge win for Fishers. The plan is for it to be more than an HQ. Here’s more of what they have planned:

  • A facility to house a restaurant serving some Andretti-family dishes

  • A family museum

  • An outdoor amphitheatre

When will it be built: The goal has always been 2025. Andretti has a clock ticking to do so:

  • Fishers committed $26m to help build it. Which will be paid back to Fishers through their taxes. They have until Feb 2024 to use them or a new deal will have to be made.

  • Andretti needs the facility in use by 2025 for IndyCar, and their bid to join F1

And hey. A few weeks ago, Michael Andretti made a joke at the US Grand Prix. Their new HQ will be way nicer than Mclaren’s HQ (Mclaren is moving into their old Indy HQ 😂). He’s also poked fun at Ferrari, saying the same thing.

Arts and Culture grant

In 1 month, applications for the 2024 Arts + Culture grants will close. This is an opportunity to receive up to $7,500 from the city to build an art or culture related project. This year, the city is pushing for projects that are within the Nickel Plate District limits (anywhere in the city is good though).

Tips: If you plan to apply, my guess is meeting and exceeding the requirements will put you in a good spot. Here’s a few that could:

  • Completed or made in the Nickel Plate District

  • Instead of meeting just two, meet all of the Commission’s core values

  • Something that includes a culinary experience, concert, or permanent installation. A 2019 poll had these three at the top for the types of events people are interested in

Disclaimer: This is just a guess. We aren’t on the commission and also applied ourselves 🤞 

Grant Applications Close: December 15, 2023, at 11:59 PM EST
Grants Winners Announced: Week of January 8, 2024, via email followed by a press release.

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Library director resigns

One big thing: The Fishers/Noblesville shared library director’s last day is December 22.

Last Thursday, Edra Waterman told the library board she was moving on. It is not currently known why. The board will begin looking for a new CEO/director. They don’t believe there will be an impact on the library’s services.

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The Happenings

November’s Storywalk is at Cyntheanne Park. This month’s book is “Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story”. These are self-guided hikes designed for little ones throughout city parks.

Happening soon

🎄 The Christkindlmarkt is back this weekend. If you’re new to Fishers/northside area, it’s like stepping into an old-world German time capsule. It’s repeatedly awarded as the best holiday market in the US. Here’s just a few of the things to do:

Ice Skating
Beer on tap
Collectibles
German inspired shopping
Live music

View the full November schedule here.

❗️ If you are a business owner, read this:

Shop Fishers 2023 starts this Saturday. This yearly program aims to connect and support small businesses with the community during the holidays. Businesses can submit their deals here. And here’s the list of small businesses who have already shared their upcoming deals.

Arts + Culture Meeting

November 14. Fishers Pavilion Conference Room 10 Municipal Drive Fishers, IN 46038 @ 6 pm.

Updates include a Fishers Parks update, 2024 creative council management, and more. View the full agenda here.

Nickel Plate Review Committee

Plan school updates. Photo credit: Context Design

November 15. Launch Fishers @ 5 pm.

The only agenda is to review a proposal to expand Fishers Elementary School. The changes aim to expand the building and parking availability. View the full agenda here

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Quick Hits

Sports recap 🏈🥁 

  • 21 - 24 | HSE vs Westfield | Westfield ends HSEs run in the 6a tournament

  • 10 - 7 | Colts vs Patriots | This was a slugfest in Germany. But the Colts made it happen in their first regular season overseas win

  • 12th Place for Fishers Tiger Band | In the Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil, the band came in 12th. They competed against bands across the country. Congrats!

Republic services plans to build a $150m plastics recycling* facility on the south side of Indy. The facility will be used to create recycled plastics for consumers and manufacturing companies. What’s interesting is Marion County (where it will be built) has the lowest recycling rate in the state at 11%.

The CEO of NewFields has stepped down after just 15 months.

Nextdoor axed 25% of their staff. They are attempting to lean down by $60m annually, and their staff were the targets to do so.

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Weekly home market report sponsored by Rachel Quade

Rachel Quade has lived and sold in Fishers for over 20 years and knows the city like the back of her hand. If you want someone who’s going to get you the best price (whether you’re buying or selling), you’ll want to talk to her. Call or text 317-752-8278 to learn more.

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Construction this week

Here’s a high-level overview of what’s new this week:

  • The ramp from 82nd Street → I-69 North is open again

  • The ramp from I-69 North → 82nd Street will be closed until mid-2024

  • 146th/Allisonville will be under construction for at least another 1.5 years. Here’s a video rendering of what it will look like once it’s done.

  • Fall Creek and Geist Road will have lane restrictions throughout the week. Avoid during day if possible in case.

Read the full report here.

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