City officials Thursday broke ground on the City-County Building Plaza in downtown Indianapolis. The $9 million project, which will include an event lawn capable of holding up to 1,500 people, is expected to be complete by next summer.
The plaza, designed by Indianapolis-based landscape architecture and urban design firm Rundell Ernstberger Associates, will also include an interactive water feature, a large shade structure with leisure swings and flexible seating areas.
"Today, we break ground on a new plaza, one that will see this area reach its true potential to be a community gathering space," said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. "In just twelve months, we’ll have a plaza we can be proud of, a plaza that brings our community together and belongs to the people – and we intend to do so under budget."
Hogett’s office says the project is expected to be completed under budget.