Since the 1800s, the City Market has been our community gathering place and one-stop shop for fresh produce, meat, fish, poultry, dairy and baked goods. With its wide variety of eateries, wine and cheese shoppes, and retailers, the City Market offers patrons an experience that combines the best of both yesterday and today.
In 2008, the City and the City Market took action to lower the expenses of the Market by moving to consolidate Market vendors into the main building and to increase revenue by reducing tenant spaces and increasing the diversity of choices at the Market. Additionally, the City released a Request for Information to seek bold ideas to revitalize the Market, and the responses to the RFI were instructive to the City's and the Market's final plans to have a vibrant and financially viable City Market.
In June 2010, Mayor Ballard announced his plan to revitalize the City Market, with construction beginning in January 2011. “This is an important development for Indianapolis,” the Mayor explained in the announcement. “With the Market makeover we are extending development of our dynamic downtown area to the east side of the Circle and demonstrating that all of downtown has rich cultural, retail and recreational opportunities.”
With a three million dollar investment, the renovations will include the creation of a bicycle commuter hub and a YMCA executive fitness center in the East Wing. Aesthetic updates include new paint and flooring, and HVAC upgrades, as well. The purpose of these renovations is to create a more efficient layout for vendors, encouraging more customers. All vendors will remain open during construction.
City Market Renovation Fact Sheet
On November 20, 2009, the Mayor's office released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking information on potential development and/or operational ideas for the east and west wings/plazas, located on either side of the historic center building, of the City Market complex on Market Street between Delaware and Alabama Streets.