INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis City Market announced that it kicked off its strategic planning process with Yard & Company, an urban design and development firm located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Yard & Company’s past work includes the St. Louis Neighborhood Reinvestment Strategy, Virginia Beach Strategic Area and Neighborhood Development, and Strategic Investment Plan in Fort Wayne. The steering committee is comprised of the City of Indianapolis, operational partners, vendors, and tenants. The first phase entails stakeholder interviews and data collection. 

“The main goal of the strategic planning process is to find a path for the City Market to become the cultural and entertainment hub of the developing Market-East area of downtown Indy, as well as an integral part of the changing municipal government campus,” said Keisha Harrison, Executive Director of the City Market. “We look forward to seeing the City Market campus evolve and adapt to be a destination for residents and tourists alike.”

To support the long-term success of the City Market and Market East District overall, the Department of Metropolitan Development announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) in January that calls for dense housing and a first-floor commercial use on City Market’s east plaza. These efforts aim to grow downtown as a neighborhood and provide the City Market and its vendors with a long-term customer base and revenue stream. The Request for Proposals remains open through March 11, 2022. 

Residents and supporters of the City Market are encouraged to further support the vision planning process of the Indianapolis City Market by donating directly to the landmark’s website. 

Indianapolis City Market

The Indianapolis City Market’s history is as rich as the promise of its future. When opened in 1886, the market ushered in a new tradition: an open space for the sale of meats and produce, The Original Gathering Place, if you will. Indianapolis City Market is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a vibrant downtown event destination. Today, the City Market offers patrons an experience that combines the best of both yesterday and today with a wide variety of eateries, retailers, coffee, barber shop and an all Indiana craft beer bar with many merchants offering delivery services. In 2021, the Indianapolis City Market hosted its’ 25th Season of the Original Farmers’ Market which runs annually from May through October. The Indianapolis City Market Catacombs tours in partnership with Indiana Landmarks runs May through October. The Market features bocce ball courts, corn hole and ample outdoor seating to play and enjoy live music on occasion. 


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