The Atlantic CITIES: Indy's nonprofit hub is "brainchild" of LISC's Bill Taft

The "Platform," the conversion of the west wing of the old Indianapolis City Market into office space for nonprofit organizations is the brainchild of Bill Taft, executive director of Indianapolis LISC. Taft approached the city to take over operations of the building if the city used demolition funds for renovation. It revived an old historic building, encourages cooperation between nonprofit groups, and brings customers to the nearby markets.

Indianapolis's Non-Profits Move In Together

11 Feb 2013 - Julie Irwin Zimmerman, The Atlantic Cities


If Indianapolis officials had had a spare $800,000 in their coffers a few years ago, the west wing of the Indianapolis City Market would have been demolished.

But a shortage of funds led officials to think about other uses. Now, the historic space houses nine non-profits that benefit from the downtown location and close proximity.

The Platform, as the wing is now known, is the brainchild of Bill Taft, the executive director of LISC Indianapolis, which focuses on neighborhood development. He was looking for new office space nearby other organizations working on the same issues. The city "could no longer afford to heat and maintain it," says Taft, a longtime neighborhood development guru. "We said, we’ll pay the operating costs if you spend the money you were going to spend on demolition and spend it on renovation instead." Continued[+]...

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