This is still a work in progress, but we're working to create a space to store and process our salvaged materials. Simply, we've got acres and acres of fabric, and we need to get organized.
The Fabrik Bank will allow us to better connect our resources to the community as well. In late 2016 or early 2017, the Fabrik Bank will be open for the public to come and shop for "as-is" fabrics.
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It turns out 13 acres of RCA Dome roof fabric takes up a lot of space. Same thing for 5 miles of Super Bowl banners. And thousands of Bush Stadium seats. And fire hoses and bicycle tubes. And stuff from the Speedway and Hinkle Fieldhouse and, well, you get the idea.
As a nimble, entrepreneurial organization, we've been able to grow our impact in Indianapolis bit-by-bit through smart decisions and smarter partners. As a still-young nonprofit, we haven't had the ability to invest in the backend infrastructure to better leverage these resources for the community. Now, we're taking action.
With funding from The Indianapolis Foundation, we kickstarted this effort in 2014. The Fabrik Bank is allowing us to catch up on processing our existing resources, while making way and developing processes for salvaging even more fabrics from Indianapolis.