City of Carmel                                            One Civic Square, Carmel, IN 46032


Date:           April 21, 2006
Contact:      Nancy Heck (317) 571-2494

Release:      Immediate

EVAN LURIE FINE ART GALLERY and Renaissance Condominiums                                                         

Breaks Ground in Carmel’s Arts and Design District

Carmel, IN – Ground was broken yesterday afternoon for the EVAN LURIE FINE ART GALLERY and Renaissance Condominiums in the Carmel Arts and Design District. This will be the Lurie’s first gallery in the Midwest, but the fifth for the Lurie family, joining their other galleries in arts districts located in Los Angeles, California, Boca Raton and Miami, Florida and Paris, France. The EVAN LURIE FINE ART GALLERY will represent internationally established and emerging artists with heavy European and Latin American influence. Evan Lurie specializes in establishing both residential and corporate art collections and he works with public art programs in many different cities.
The gallery will be located at 30 West Main, on the north side of the street between the Carmel Music Store and the Carmel Old Town Antique Mall.  Mayor Jim Brainard was joined at the ceremony by gallery owner, Evan Lurie, Stenz Development President, Leo Stenz, president of the Carmel Redevelopment Commission (CRC), Ron Carter, members of the Carmel City Council and other local dignitaries.
The Lurie Building, located in the Carmel Arts and Design District, is a public/private partnership between the Carmel Redevelopment Commission and Stenz Development Corporation. It is a mixed-use building comprised of the Evan Lurie Fine Art Gallery on the ground floor, second floor office space, and “The Renaissance” penthouse residential condominiums on the third and fourth floors.
“I am very excited that this day has finally come. We have worked with Evan during the past few years to fine tune our vision for the Arts and Design District with the Lurie Gallery serving as a predominant focus. Other outstanding galleries will be more easily attracted to an area where another well-known gallery has already been established and we appreciate the fact that Evan shares our vision, put his faith and trust in us and located in Carmel’s Arts and Design District. The merchants currently in the district can tell you that the energy and vibrancy continues to escalate as more and more customers and diverse businesses are drawn to the district. The Lurie gallery will impact that trend exponentially,” said Mayor Jim Brainard.
The Arts and Design District is vital to the economic development of this area. Already, more than 360,000 people visit the area each year and as more galleries, restaurants, boutiques and events come to the area this number will continue to grow. Public art has also been added to enhance the arts district cultural amenities.  Major events scheduled for the area this year include the International Arts Festival in September and the Holiday in the Arts District in December. Other events and celebrations will be held in the district throughout the year.
The EVAN LURIE FINE ART GALLERY will be a beautiful addition to the district with its distinctive architectural style. The building will be a four-story masonry structure designed by CSO Schenkel Shultz. The intricate window, masonry and canopy architectural details compliment the atmosphere of Old Town Carmel. The design was based on the national chain of S.H. Kress variety stores built during the first half of the 20th century.  Samuel Kress, also an avid art collector, erected stores throughout the nation which aspired to be beautiful buildings that were more ornate and elegantly appointed than the stores of his competitors.  The Kress variety stores have since come to be highly regarded by architectural scholars. The Lurie Building recalls the rich legacy of civic pride and artistic ideals of early 20th century Kress variety stores.
The Renaissance Condominiums, housed in the Carmel Arts & Design District, are designed to combine the sophistication of a cosmopolitan lifestyle with the conveniences of suburban living. The name, “Renaissance,” was chosen for the four penthouses because of the exciting rebirth now being experienced in the heart of Old Town Carmel. Each unit has been named in honor of a distinguished artist from this enlightened period: Rembrandt, Raphael, Michelangelo and Botticelli. Each townhouse residence features a private elevator, large rooftop garden terrace and two enclosed private parking spaces. The spacious 3000+ square foot penthouse condominiums include many high quality features such as a grand entry foyer with stately columns and granite floors, elegant kitchen design with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, porcelain tile floors and a raised ceiling. The Renaissance Condominiums are expected to be completed in early 2007.  
For the past several years, as part of its commitment to the Old Town area, the City of Carmel has invested in excess of $20 million in improvements, including new sidewalks with brick accents, historic street lights and signs, upgraded storm sewer and water systems, and street improvements. Brick sidewalks were installed along with underground wiring for street lights along Main Street and Range Line Road in the Old Town area. The addition of the Arts and Design District archways helps focus attention in the central part of Old Town where art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, specialty shops and the Indiana Design Center will be located.

The CRC is responsible for the redevelopment efforts of both the Old Town and City Center projects. In addition, the CRC manages other public-private partnerships where city land is being redeveloped to improve economic growth of targeted areas of Carmel. The Mayor and City Council appoint members of the CRC. Current members include president, Ron Carter, William Hammer, Jerry Heniser and Rick Sharp.
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