The Indianapolis Monument Circle is one of the country's most significant civic spaces. Its reconstruction will be one of the most important urban infrastructure projects the City has ever undertaken.
The Circle is more than just a landmark in Indianapolis; it is a central hub for our residents, workers and businesses. Its location at the heart of our capitol City links state and City/County government. Millions of eyes are on the Circle each year--as the backdrop to Colts games, the Indy 500, Brickyard 400, NCAA Final Four, the Circle of Lights and hundreds of other events. Enhancing the space will continue to position Indianapolis as a city of vision, a city that values community, and a city that is always ready for growth and development.
For years, Indianapolis has been spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on temporary fixes to maintain Monument Circle. Much of the infrastructure around the Circle is more than 30 years old and failing, including the material and utilities beneath the monument and roadway.
The scope of this project includes the total reconstruction of sidewalks, driving lanes, parking lanes and subsurface infrastructure, as well as upgraded storm water and sewer systems. The project design team will focus on activating underutilized areas; reclaiming pedestrian space; incorporating timeless aesthetics; implementing sustainable, “green” infrastructure; and providing specific programming infrastructure – such as fiber-optic connections, specialty lighting, tent tie-down anchors, audio systems and unique traffic control – that will allow for a variety of events to be easily hosted on the Circle.
In addition to the reconstruction itself, the City is working with local stakeholders to develop a programming plan and establish a management entity to ensure continuous activity in the space, not just during city-wide events.
The City is working to secure funding for the first phase of construction which will include Monument Circle, Meridian Street from Ohio Street to Washington Street, and Market Street from Illinois Street to Pennsylvania Street. As additional funding becomes available, the project will extend to provide connections to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail at Market and Alabama streets, the Capitol Building at Market Street and Capitol Avenue, University Park at Meridian and New York streets and Georgia Street.
Currently, this project is in the very early design phases. The City will host public meetings to gather public and stakeholder input as the project progresses.
For more information or questions please contact MonumentCircle@indy.gov.
Tenant Meeting Presentation
Conceptual Design Presentation April 2014
November 2014 Open House Flyer