Lumina Foundation signs on to be anchor office tenant at Bottleworks new office building

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The Lumina Foundation is moving to the Bottleworks District.

The foundation, which works to improve educational opportunities after high school, has signed on to be the anchor tenant of the district's new office building at 820 Massachusetts Ave.

Wisconsin-based Hendricks Commercial Properties, the developer, is expected to break ground on the 5-story building either in the spring or early summer, according to a press release. The building is set to open by mid-2024.

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The foundation said its current lease at 30 S. Meridian St. expiries in 2024, and it needed a collaborative space for its national work. When it moves to the Bottleworks District, the foundation will occupy 23,700 square feet of the top floor of the new office building.

The Lumina Foundation is planning to build a new anchor headquarters in the Bottleworks District. The groundbreaking is expected next spring or early summer.
The Lumina Foundation is planning to build a new anchor headquarters in the Bottleworks District. The groundbreaking is expected next spring or early summer.

The foundation said it worked with the commercial real estate agency, JLL, to do a comprehensive assessment of its workplace needs which included determining its staff work experience during the pandemic and their future desires.

“We took advantage of an opportunity to evaluate the foundation’s needs and explore options for putting our people in a world-class office space," Tim Robinson, Lumina’s vice president of administration and partnerships, said in the release.

Lumina President and CEO Jamie Merisotis added that it was important for the foundation to remain in Indianapolis even as it hires more employees nationally.

“Even as how and where we work evolves and we bring on more national talent, it’s important for us to commit to Indianapolis as our home,” Merisotis said in a statement. “We bring national leaders to Indy as part of our charitable mission of helping more adults get education and training after high school, and they will get to experience the Bottleworks District, which truly is a civic gem.”

The Lumina Foundation's new office space will have individual offices, collaborative space as well as an audio-visual production studio. It will have access to an adjacent parking garage and serve about 50 employees.

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The $300 million, 12-acre mixed-use Bottleworks District is being constructed in phases. The first phase included the redevelopment of the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant into the Bottleworks Hotel, The Garage Food Hall, Living Room Theaters and Pins Mechanical.

Additional phases will have office, retail and residential space.

Contact IndyStar reporter Alexandria Burris at aburris@gannett.com or call 317-617-2690. Follow her on Twitter: @allyburris.

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