Now finished with the restoration of the long-unloved church building, the organization has not stopped there. The first project in Phase II was to restore the brick alley (known as Spring Street) to help with drainage and water reclamation for their green space. The installation of the new bricks was originally denied by the Historic Preservation Commission, but that denial was reversed after the staff learned of the drainage issues which would have impeded the Fringe’s next plans for the space. The Fringe also committed to saving the old bricks for later use in the Chatham Arch neighborhood. Here is a look at the completed alley:
It is a win for a non-profit arts organization to be this invested in the community. The Festival is evolving from a small yearly event to something much bigger, and can be pointed to as a success for the Indianapolis Arts Scene.