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Urban Indy’s 11th Anniversary: Celebrate the Potential of Hanna International Lofts

Urban Indy’s 11th Anniversary: Celebrate the Potential of Hanna International Lofts
Today marks the 11th anniversary of Urban Indy. I apologize for my lack of recent posts, but I’m still around. There is a lot to talk about, but the one project that got the most votes on my twitter poll was the Hanna International Lofts in Lafayette Square. This part of town has long interested me, as it could have faltered heavily through a lack of investment.  The built environment is pure 1960’s-1990’s sprawl. There isn’t much that has been built that is worth saving, including the old Hooters where this project will live. Since we are the capital city of the state,...
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Another Parking Lot Gone?

Another Parking Lot Gone?
It appears the trend of developing our lowest and worst uses will continue with a new proposal for the storied parking lot at the northeast corner of Pennsylvania and Vermont. Perhaps inspired by TWG’s development on the old Indy Star site, this proposal calls for a 7-story, mixed-use building with 165 dwelling units, 157-space parking garage and 2,200 square feet of retail. We just received this, so we are interested in your thoughts.   This petition, 2018-REG-031 is scheduled to be heard Thursday, April 26 at 10 am in room 1842 of the City-County...
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Guest Post by Bill Watts: The Newfields Travesty: Taking the IMA out of Indianapolis

Guest Post by Bill Watts: The Newfields Travesty: Taking the IMA out of Indianapolis
This is guest post that was sent to me by an Urban Indy reader, Bill Watts. A reminder that we run guest posts, so if you have an article that you wish to share, please e-mail it to me at kevin dot kastner at gmail dot com. “Newfields,” the new brand for the institution formerly known as the Indianapolis Museum of Art, is more notable for what it does not say than for what it does. It is not primarily concerned with art. It is not in the city of Indianapolis. And, most emphatically, it is no longer a museum. Before I get to the consequence of these pointed omissions, let me begin with two...
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Bottleworks: a Make-or-Break Ambition

Bottleworks: a Make-or-Break Ambition
Indy’s seen a lot of projects in the past decade. But I’m not sure if we have seen any publicly available property that reaches the potential scale of Bottleworks in the downtown area since possibly the opening of now-struggling Circle Center Mall. A major reason for this is the historic character of the property. Turning a fading-but-amazing Art Deco structure into retail, theater, residences, and offices, along with building brand new buildings and infrastructure. The location is prime: There haven’t been too many bad investments made along Massachusetts Avenue. But this is another...
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Washington DC begins to swarm its darkest streets with civic art. Sound familiar?

Washington DC begins to swarm its darkest streets with civic art. Sound familiar?
On the back end of Washington DC’s Union Station, numerous passenger railways stretch to the northeast across several city blocks, by means of a lengthy, viaduct-like structure. By and large, this viaduct separates the gentrifying Near Northeast neighborhood, consisting primarily of two- and three-story rowhomes set back from the street, and the gentrifying NoMa neighborhood (“North of Massachusetts”) which is redeveloping into an array of fashionable office and apartment high-rises (probably mid-rises by most other cities’ standards), along with retail on the lower level.   Perpendicular...
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INDOT Proposes a Devastating Blow to Downtown Neighborhoods (Edited)

INDOT Proposes a Devastating Blow to Downtown Neighborhoods (Edited)
One very powerful state organization has a proposal to set back the past 40 years of downtown redevelopment. Instead of a bold proposal that would help reunite the urban fabric, INDOT gives us the stuff of nightmares: INDOT gave us what the roadway could look like, but they didn’t give us the street-level view. Fortunately, local architects decided to fill in that massive gap. The highway exists in the top photo, but at least it can be partially mitigated with greenery. Not so with a giant concrete wall. Click the above pdf to see the whole impact analysis for yourself. It’s worth a look....
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IndyGo Route Improvements Set for February

IndyGo Route Improvements Set for February
IndyGo has announced additional trips along some key routes for February of this year. This has likely occurred in part because of the new income tax, which was able to start being collected in October of 2017. This announcement serves as a reminder that these system changes were not all about the Red Line. These new improvements happen to occur in some of the most transit-dependent areas in the...
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New Proposal for Fountain Square

New Proposal for Fountain Square
Another day, another Milhaus proposal. This is proposed to be located in Fountain Square, just east of Shelby on Prospect Street. The adjacent vacant lot to the east is the proposed new location of IFD Station 3. Thoughts? Elevations Perspectives Materials Site...
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CityWay Phase Two Breaking Ground: the Pros and the Cons

CityWay Phase Two Breaking Ground: the Pros and the Cons
Earlier this year (it’s still 2017!), Buckingham Companies broke ground on the next phase of CityWay, an expansive development south of the train trestle on land formerly belonging to Eli Lilly and Company. The first phase (completed in 2012) features over 250 apartments, parking garages fully hidden from the primary streets, the Alexander Hotel, over 40,000 square feet for retail, and a partnership with the YMCA for a voluminous fitness center across from the Alexander—all on the south side of the tracks, primarily fronting Delaware and South streets.   This next phase has morphed...
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New Proposed 2-Story Commercial Building in Meridian Kessler

New Proposed 2-Story Commercial Building in Meridian Kessler
Last year, the former dry cleaners at the southwest corner of 49th and College was demolished. Dry cleaners are notorious in their potential to be future brownfields, and that is certainly the case with the former one-story structure that used to be there: Unfortunately, that brownfield can extend past the source of the pollution. The duplex to the south is now less safe to occupy with residents. A development group has bought the 2 properties in question, with the intent to clean up the contaminated soil, and to build a new structure. This structure will house a potential restaurant, with an upstairs...
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