FISHERS, Ind. (May 7, 2015)-- City leaders are calling it a big get for a growing suburb. Fishers announced Thursday that Purdue University will locate offices of two programs in a brand new downtown development.
The lease talks have been underway for months, but the deal became official Thursday.
"They came to us, contacted us, wanted to hear our story about what's going on in Fishers," said Mayor Scott Fadness.
Municipal Drive in Fishers is bustling. Construction crews fill the development termed "The Switch." It's a $28 million project outside city hall, complete with office space, apartments, retail, and a parking garage.
"With The Switch project, it provided us an opportunity to bring in some key companies and exciting office opportunities," said Fadness.
Purdue University is taking advantage of those opportunities, with the relocation of the two programs. One is the College of Pharmacy's Center for Medication Safety Advancement, which studies safe medicine practices. The other is Purdue's Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which maximizes profits for manufacturing clients across Indiana.
"The City of Fishers has rolled out the red carpet for us and is welcoming Purdue to be a part of it. So, we think that it's going to be a great work-life situation for the employees as well, now that we know it's a good situation business wise," said Dave Snow, Director of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center.
The changes are noticeable in downtown Fishers.
The Depot is a new development that provides apartment housing and dining options downtown. Fadness said Purdue's location in Fishers is key in showing that it will be more than just a suburb.
"This is a paradigm shift. We are trying to become a smart, vibrant, and entrepreneurial city. And I think this downtown development and some of the progress we've made today is a key component of that," he said.
Fadness said other office space is still available. The city hopes to complete the development by this fall.
Purdue University plans to move in by August.