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Fishers OKs renovations at former BMV site

June 17, 2014

By Cara Anthony, The Indianapolis Star



June 17--After questions were raised about project costs, the Fishers Town Council on Monday approved renovation plans for the former Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch on Municipal Drive.

Next month, the town will move its information technology department, courtroom and employee health clinic into the building. They currently operate from Fishers Train Station, set for demolition in July. Part of the old train depot will be replaced by a 120-unit apartment development with retail space, an office building, plaza and 400-space parking garage.

"We are really trying to get going in August, so we've got to get everybody moved prior to that," Town Manager Scott Fadness told the council Monday night.

Renovation costs at the former BMV building are expected to top off at $340,000. That includes security and technology upgrades for the IT department and courtroom.

The functions of the court are expected to increase next year to let the town judge rule on a wider range of municipal and county infractions, Fadness said.

The council initially held off on approving renovation plans after council member Stuart Easely expressed concerns about unforeseen costs. Monday night, Easley called the plan very reasonable.

"I just wanted to make sure we were being as efficient and as practical as possible," he said.

The BMV closed its Fishers location at 3 Municipal Drive in April, three months after the council approved construction of a $28 million mixed-use project. Plans for opening a new BMV location have not been announced.

Also Monday, the council approved up to $300,000 in fee waivers for Hamilton Trace at 116th Street and Cumberland Road. Construction of phase two of the community could begin next year if the council waives impact and development fees. The town expects to see $200,000 in property tax revenue starting in 2016.

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Call Star reporter Cara Anthony at (317) 444-6049. Follow her on Twitter: @CaraRAnthony.

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