Plans are underway for the construction of a five-story office building as part of the Bottleworks District on Massachusetts Avenue and Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation says it will become an anchor tenant. Commercial Properties, a Wisconsin-based developer, expects to break ground next spring or early summer.
Lumina says it will occupy nearly 24,000 square feet of the top floor. The office will serve about 50 employees.
The foundation says its current lease expires in 2024. It’s been evaluating its workspace needs, which has changed since the pandemic.
“Our people really matter. The environment in which we work matters,” Tim Robinson, Lumina’s vice president of administration and partnerships, said. “We took advantage of an opportunity to evaluate the foundation’s needs and explore options for putting our people in a world-class office space.”
The first phase of the Bottleworks project included the redevelopment of the former Coca-Cola Bottling Plant into a boutique hotel, food court and numerous retail shops and restaurants. That project was factored into the equation to move the Lumina offices.
“We bring national leaders to Indy as part of our charitable mission of helping more adults get education and training after high school, and they will get to experience the Bottleworks District, which truly is a civic gem,” said Lumina President and Chief Executive Officer Jamie Merisotis. “It’s important for us to commit to Indianapolis as our home.”
Assuming construction stays on schedule, Lumina plans to move into the new building in the summer of 2024.