Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Lawrence Village at the Fort Artwork Installed

The Fort Harrison Reuse Authority worked with the Herron School of Art on two art sculptures that are now installed at Lawrence Village at the Fort. In early 2010, a committee comprised of civic leaders who by their own rights are artists in their respective fields, reviewed proposals provided by several Herron students vying for a shot at being selected for an installation at Ravine Park at Lawrence Village at the Fort. All concepts were well-received; in fact, the committee had a hard time choosing which one.

In the end, artist Jared Cru Smith's concept entitled "Advance Epoch" was selected for its relevance to the physical area and its meaning for the Village. "Advance Epoch's" three forms of concrete, resin, stell and urethane represent the past, present and future strength of Fort Benjamin Harrison and the community who has continued to make Fort Benjamin Harrison what it is today. You can see this sculpture at the intersection between Merritt and Hawkins Roads.

Going in, the committee's job was to select one artist's design for Ravine Park. However, there was another concept we simply couldn't pass up because of its insightfulness and meaning. With her installation titled "Threshold", artist Cydney Campbell designed three doors made of wood, steel, glass, bronze, and aluminum. She writes: "Fort Benjamin Harrison once functioned as the point of induction or release from the military. While these are enormously life-changing actions that most individuals do not face, there are still everday battles each person must surpass that make them who they are. "Threshold" represents the point at which people decide for themselves what path they will take." You can see "Threshold" in key locations surrounding the pond on Otis Avenue near Lee Road.

Monday, April 18, 2011

FHRA Launches Revamped Website!

Over the past four months, we have been working to revise our website to be cleaner, more informative, and easier to navigate. And wow, I'll say we've accomplished our mission! Thanks to Tatum Hindman and her team at TBH Creative, we now have a website that clearly distinguishes between the Reuse Authority and Lawrence Village at the Fort. Why did we need to do that? The two entities have different messages. For example . . . The Fort Harrison Reuse Authority is the organization that was originally put into place to redevelop -- by reusing -- existing buildings and land left behind by Fort Benjamin Harrison Army Base. We've got 15 years of history in doing this; however, we needed a site that would share information about the Fort since its inception in 1903. We needed a place to store our approved board minutes. We needed a place for people to easily retrieve architectural review information. And, we needed an area to where we can refer the numerous callers who want to know the phone number for the PX & Commissary, for example. Lawrence Village at the Fort required different information for the sole purpose of getting the remaining 50 acres sold and developed. You'll find market analysis, land descriptions & prices, incentive information, and a bunch of other useful stuff including downloadable versions of the Village PUD and Master Plan. When you go to www.fhra.org you'll go directly to the Reuse Authority's site. In the upper right hand corner, you'll be able to click on Lawrence Village at the Fort and go there. Note the Village Talk button. That's where you'll see blog postings, which means I'm going to have to do a better job at keeping this information current. Or, you might get bored and not come back. And, we don't want that.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Consumer Electronics Free E-Cycling Event

Date: January 22, 2011
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Waste Management
10000 East 56th St.
Lawrence 46236

Residents can drop off and recycle up to 5 items per car.

Download the PDF flyer for the event

Computers – CPUs,computer monitors, computer peripherals, cable or satellite boxes,printers, gaming systems, fax machines, keyboards, photocopiers,televisions, VCRs or DVD players, consumer electronics

Microwaves, smoke detectors, householdappliances like refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners,cell or home phones.

Waste Management reserves the right to refuse items not listed,household hazardous waste, items which pose a health or safetyrisk or items prohibited by law. Unacceptable items will be left invehicles.


The event is part of the LG Electronics Recycling Program


From everyday collection to environmental protection, Think Green.® Think Waste Management.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tombstone War Memorial Visits Lawrence Village at the Fort

The Knights of Columbus will be installing a memorial of approximately 176 tombstones for fallen soldiers in honor of Veterans Day on Thursday, November 11. The memorial, which will be located at Civic Plaza at Lawrence Village at the Fort, will remain until Sunday, November 13. Civic Plaza is located at the intersection of Wheeler Road and Otis Avenue at the heart of the Village.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Rezoning for Micro-Brewery Approved at Lawrence Village at the Fort

The City of Lawrence Common Council approved a petition by the Fort Harrison Reuse Authority for a modification to the PUD for Triton Brewing Company on Monday, November 1, 2010. The PUD prohibited a manufacturing use at the site, but it was determined that the addition of a microbrewery within the Village would be a public benefit and economic enhancement to the community.

Triton Brewing Company will produce and distribute five signature beers -- Four Barrel Brown, Deadeye Stout, Rail Splitter IPA, Fieldhouse Wheat, and Magnificent Amber. From their tasting room also located at this location, they will sell their own root beer product making this a family-friendly store. Partner Mike DeWeese, David Waldman, and Jon Lang have started this company based on strong demand in the state for microbrewed beer products.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fort Benjamin Harrison: Around the Village . . .

It is an absolutely gorgeous fall day with a temperature high of 88 degrees ... the kind of day you want to play hooky and hang out at a park or on a lake. As I was driving through Lawrence Village at the Fort today, I noticed several people who had chosen to do just that ... only here at Fort Benjamin Harrison.

Going west on Otis, I saw a father and his son who was riding a tricycle around the quarter mile asphalt path that encircles the pond. When I looked over, the child was just getting off his trike to point at the swimming geese. In the next two days, Gibraltar Construction will begin building the new overlook deck structure at the pond, which will provide yet another place for walkers, runners, and tricyclers to rest and relax.

At least 3 walkers and 1 runner were enjoying the sidewalks and bike lanes, and two cars were parked beneath shade trees in the [new] parallel parking lanes. The owners of these cars were taking a moment to eat lunch and read.

Turning the corner, I saw The Pumpkin Patch in full swing at the center of the Village. The farmer who is selling the pumpkins, gourds, squash, corn stalks and straw bales here told me last week that this is such an ideal location that he plans to relocate his farmer's market here next year.

I drove west on Hawkins toward the Ravine Park and saw Ski Landscape digging up the grasses which are located in the center between Hawkins and Merritt Streets. These grasses will be transplanted near the pond to make way for the new art installation by the Herron School of Art later this month. Herron's contractor will begin pouring the foundations this week.

With all of the dry weather we've had, Poindexter Excavating is making good time on the Hawkins Road Extension project having finished all underground sewers and water lines and now beginning to grade the new road and stake out the curbs. They hope to have curbs poured and the first layer of asphalt installed by the end of October. This project is expected to finish in April 2011.

Just north of this road I saw Ivy Tech students parking their cars and walking to class, again on the new sidewalks we created earlier this year. The walk isn't a long one and the parking is convenient. Wouldn't it be cool to have a sidewalk cafe or outdoor pub along the way?

For me, it is awesome to watch all of this activity in an area that's not really that big. It shows that the community is appreciative of the work that's been done to date, is already here and waiting for more!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Triton Brewing Company Comes to Lawrence Village at the Fort

Triton Brewing Company plans to locate their production facility and tasting room in the heart of Lawrence Village at the Fort. Located at 5764 Wheeler Road, Triton Brewing Company is a start-up production brewery aiming to produce high quality craft beer for distribution in Indiana. In addition to the production facility, Triton will feature a small retail space and 40 seat smoke free family friendly tasting room and a beer garden. Plans are underway now to begin construction.

...Yet another reason why everyone should consider Lawrence Village at the Fort at Historic Fort Benjamin Harrison a great destination!