Construction is underway on the $300 million Bottleworks District on the north end of Mass Avenue in Indianapolis and its Wisconsin-based developer says he hopes the final product will make Hoosiers to say, "Wow, that’s ours." Hendricks Commercial Properties Chief Executive Officer Rob Gerbitz says environmental cleanup has been the main focus for the last six months on the former Coca-Cola Bottling Plant-turned-Indianapolis Public Schools bus terminal. The project, which includes plans for a boutique hotel, movie theater and what developers describe as a food hall, will reshape a 12-acre portion of the cultural, retail and restaurant corridor that continues to undergo a major transformation.
In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman, Gerbitz discussed the vision for the old and new parts of the property. "I think it always is starting with the old Coca-Cola buildings," he said during a groundbreaking ceremony Friday. "Those have been the defining feature of this particular property since 1931 when they built the first one. They will be after we finish all the buildings around them as well. Hopefully, the buildings around them become as iconic as those, but those will always be the lead, iconic buildings. They just will."
Gerbitz says the target for opening the redeveloped portions and the first new building on the property is January 2020.