Drawing up Brownsburg's new downtown

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Drawing up Brownsburg's new downtown

by Tim Evans, Indy Star

Work begins this spring on the first phase of a major redevelopment project town officials hope will create Brownsburg’s new “downtown.”

The public-private project involving the town and three developers will transform a section of North Green Street (Ind. 267) into “a pedestrian-friendly, vibrant, economic center,” said town manager Grant Kleinhenz.

The development site was formerly occupied by St. Malachy Catholic Church and School on the west side of Green Street, and a dentist office and several small rental homes on the east side.

Kleinhenz said the development, which could eventually include a new town recreation center, represents what is likely the largest private investment in Brownsburg's history.

The three developers — Scannell Properties, Envoy Inc. and Flaherty & Collins — plan to put about $70 million into the projects that will bring new restaurants, retail shops, offices and hundreds of apartments to the heart of the Hendricks County town with a population of about 23,000. A 212-space parking garage, along with streetscape improvements, such as the addition of a dedicated left-turn lane, sidewalks and bike paths, rain gardens and other pedestrian amenities, are included in the plans.

Key to each of the three independent projects will be exterior designs that creates the feel of a downtown district.

Work also will include a new entrance to Arbuckle Acres Park and improvements to an east-west street between Green and Grant streets.

What remains of Brownsburg's current downtown, a small business district ravaged over the past century by fires and the demolition of many of its original business buildings, is about three blocks south of the proposed new developments. As Brownsburg has boomed over the past decade, nearly doubling in population since 2010, much of the new retail and commercial development has been centered about a mile north near I-74 and Northfield Drive.

The new projects, Kleinhenz said, give the town an opportunity to recreate a downtown atmosphere, while bringing new and much-needed residential and retail options.

“This is a big deal for Brownsburg,” said Kleinhenz. “It represents a new kind of development for us. This kind of development is happening all over in the doughnut counties (outside Indianapolis), from Whiteland to Zionsville and Fishers and Carmel, and we’re excited to see is coming to Brownsburg.”

A two-story, 28,000-square-foot building on the northwest portion of the development site will be the first new construction. The project, developed by Indianapolis-based Envoy Inc., will include 115 individual office suites, according to Shelby Bowen, vice-president of development for Envoy.

The complex, which Bowen said will open in late 2017 or early next year, is similar to recent projects in Plainfield, Carmel, Fishers and Noblesville. It will include all-inclusive office spaces in various sizes, parking, conference rooms and "no-term" leases that make the space more accessible to new businesses.

"It will be great hub," Bowen said, "for entrepreneurs and small businesses."

Kleinhenz said the town is working with Flaherty & Collins on plans for a mixed use development to the south of the Envoy office suites, also filling a portion of the former church site.

Tentative plans call for a multistory project, with commercial and retail space on the ground floor and apartments on the other floors. Kleinhenz said Flaherty & Collins will invest about $30 million in the project that backs up to Arbuckle Acres, a 68-acre wooded park that includes baseball and softball diamonds, basketball and tennis courts, seven shelters and more than a mile of walking trails along White Lick Creek.

[Original story appeared in the Indy Star on 2/10/17. Read HERE.]

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Giving Fishers a Downtown

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Giving Fishers a Downtown

The redevelopment of Downtown Fishers is in full swing. Shelby Bowen, Vice President of Development at Envoy, Inc., shares with Lindy Thackston of Fox 59 News just how excited the Envoy team is to be a part of efforts to grow and develop this dynamic community. Here's a sneak peak: 

"It’s not easy to come into a city and redevelop a downtown on this scale, so we’re just excited to be a part of it. There was no downtown... [the city] really lacked that sense of community. Then when you saw the Nickel Plate Amphitheater come on and people were gravitating towards that, it just kind of seemed natural to go you know, why not create a downtown? And that’s really what the mayor and council set out to do and hit a home run as far as I’m concerned. Between the brewery across the street and The Escape Room, we’re just lucky to be a part of that downtown culture of fun, entertainment and shopping. It’s just awesome. It’s just a sense of place. It’s just an extraordinary asset for Fishers." 

Envoy already has one project completed: The Edge, an $18 million, mixed-use office and retail building with an attached parking garage, right on the corner of 116th and Lantern. Already home to The Well Coffeehouse, The Escape Room, Community Health Center, Borrowed Boutique, Lilly & Sparrow Boutique, and Progressive Eyecare, The Edge still has room for more!

1 North, located just down the street, is a nearly $45 million project that will include a regional 526-space parking garage and a mixed-use development with approximately 220 residential units, including 13 live-work units. Expected completion is in 2018.

Read the full article HERE. 

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Envoy Team Member Participates in Cops & Kids Program

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Envoy Team Member Participates in Cops & Kids Program

We are proud of one of our own, Dustin S. Yancey, for participating in the Cops & Kids Program in Anderson, Indiana. This year, the program helped 75 children get $100 worth of Christmas presents each. The children went shopping with officers from the Anderson Police Department at the local Walmart store. Yancey, who also serves as Project Assistant/IT at Envoy, Inc., commented, "One of the things I enjoy the most about this program is that it sheds light on some of the good things that cops do for their communities. When I was shopping with Evan, it was as impactful for me as it was for him."

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Envoy Selected as CM on Revamp of Broad Ripple Steakhouse Building

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Envoy Selected as CM on Revamp of Broad Ripple Steakhouse Building

We are honored and excited to be selected CM on this awesome project happening in Broad Ripple. Located at Westfield Boulevard and Winthrop Avenue, the building once served as Broad Ripple Steakhouse but is about to undergo major renovations to attract a new restaurant to the space. The smaller structure on Winthrop will be demolished an office building will take its place. Learn more about the project and the building's history here.

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Another Entrepreneur Moves to The Edge: The Borrowed Boutique

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Another Entrepreneur Moves to The Edge: The Borrowed Boutique

Two years ago, founder and CEO of The Borrowed Boutique Emma Hostetter was a stay-at-home mom. Today, her rental service for high-end and special-occasion children's clothing brings in $15k a month. Hostetter started her rental service through a Facebook page, but now she is leasing a space at The Edge in Fishers, IN, and is working with Fishers-based Sticksnleaves to develop a custom inventory-management system and e-commerce tools for the business. Although most of The Borrowed Boutique's revenue is generated by out-of-state customers, Hostetter plans to expand the business locally by offering services like fittings, pick-ups, and drop-offs. To learn more about why Hostetter is considered "a great role model for entrepreneurs and for thinking about the future economy of Indiana," see the full IBJ article here. 

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The Well Coffeehouse Opens at The Edge

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The Well Coffeehouse Opens at The Edge

The Well Coffeehouse, a nonprofit that was started in Tennessee, just opened its first location in Indiana at The Edge in Fishers. The Well puts its profits towards building wells (which cost anywhere from $1,500 to $13,000) in needy areas all over the world. Learn more about the owners and how their location at The Edge helped them to turn a profit in just 8 weeks here

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Lily and Sparrow Boutique Opens at The Edge

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Lily and Sparrow Boutique Opens at The Edge

Lily and Sparrow Boutique, previously located on Maple Street, has now moved to The Edge in Fishers, IN. The new space offers more room for displays and shelving for gift items, shoes, jewelry, accessories, and clothing items. Read the full article here.

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$5M Office Suites and Co-Working Space coming to Brownsburg

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$5M Office Suites and Co-Working Space coming to Brownsburg

Development continues in downtown Brownsburg, Indiana. Envoy will begin construction The Brownsburg Office Suites, a two-story project including 110 office suites, three conference rooms and a co-working space. Redefining the traditional office environment, the Brownsburg Office suites will provide all-inclusive amenities, low overhead, and high impact results for entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses. For more info, visit our Office Suites website

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