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Potential New Grocery at 38th and Illinois

Potential New Grocery at 38th and Illinois
The North United Methodist Church is planning on developing some of their land, which is currently underutilized. The most exciting portion of this new proposal (page 71) is a potential grocery store, in a neighborhood that is currently a food desert: The land use plan looks quite good. I like that they plan on sparing the existing Ace Hardware Store, and will build around it without overwhelming it. The development would also feature new apartments and another mixed use building. It is key to get the brand of grocery right. It would be a perfect fit for a new Aldi or Lidl. I hope this development...
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The First Proposed Attempt to Tame Lafayette Square’s Sprawl

The First Proposed Attempt to Tame Lafayette Square’s Sprawl
Lafayette Square has long piqued my interest for its variety of international restaurants. However, it is not the most visually attractive of landscapes, and is dominated by single-use commercial buildings and parking lots. There is an interesting rezoning request that aims to alter the dynamic, a few parcels at a time. The case starts on page 12 of the linked document. First, a look at the property as it currently exists. A typical old suburban land use pattern. But, it has one interesting feature: Little Eagle Creek along the eastern portion of it: The land use plan in the document is obviously a...
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King Park’s Cool Idea: Using The Monon Trail as a Public Street

King Park’s Cool Idea: Using The Monon Trail as a Public Street
In the latest release of the DMD’s Hearing Examiner’s report, an interesting rezoning case was listed on page 76. King Park Development wants this strip of land between 21st and 20th Street on the Monon Trail to be rezoned from I-3 (Industrial) to D-8 (traditional urban single family housing): Given that this strip is actually not fronted by a public street, but is instead placed between an alley an the Monon Trail, any housing development here would have to be a little creative. The rezoning case provides such an option, where 16 houses would use the Monon Trail as the public street, and...
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Delaware and Fall Creek Redesign Project Opens Public Space

Delaware and Fall Creek Redesign Project Opens Public Space
Seven years ago, I posted a short article on an opportunity for a better intersection at Delaware and Fall Creek. A few years later, plans were released for a redesign, which basically brought back the original street grid of the neighborhood. Thankfully this project is now completed, and the 2 swooping curved drives have been eliminated. Here’s how the streets looked in 2010. Note the lack of sidewalks and crosswalks across Fall Creek Boulevard: And here’s how it looked earlier this year, while it was still under construction: Basically the intersection is now simplified. Instead of 3-4...
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What is Public Space? A Grandfathered-in Parking Lot Conflicts with Red Line Plans

What is Public Space? A Grandfathered-in Parking Lot Conflicts with Red Line Plans
Local News outlet Fox 59 recently published an article about a local restaurant at 54th and College, which contends that the city is being unfair in its Red Line plans. The restaurant currently uses a head-in parking lot configuration found nowhere else in Meridian Kessler. Given that this structure was historically a gas station and a grocery store, that’s not too surprising: A closer look at the property shows that the parking lot basically spills out into the right-of-way to the north and east side of the property: The article contends that the restaurant will lose its parking lot access from...
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Indygo Purple Line Public Meetings Scheduled

Indygo Purple Line Public Meetings Scheduled
Next month, IndyGo is convening public meetings to discuss the future plans for the Purple Line. Here is the schedule and agenda: Purple Line Public Meetings:  Help determine stop placement, lane configuration, and downtown routing for Indy’s second rapid transit line. IndyGo staff and consultants will be available during open houses, offering a brief presentation 15 minutes after the start of each session. Monday, July 10 City of Lawrence Government Center (9001 E. 59th Street, Lawrence, IN 46216) 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Tuesday, July 11 Meadows YMCA (3908 Meadows Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46205) 6:00...
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Friday Fun: Ultra-Modern Carriage House Proposed in Old Northside

Friday Fun: Ultra-Modern Carriage House Proposed in Old Northside
Note: To see previous Friday Fun posts, click here. One of the more interesting and popular ways to increase density in historic Single-Family-Housing neighborhoods is to allow a carriage house toward the backside of the lot. Often, the new residence will sit on the second floor of a new garage for the property. This has been occurring with relative regularity within the urban core, so it wasn’t surprising to see such a proposal to this Victorian on Park: However, this carriage house in particular jumped off the latest IHPC agenda (page 113): The IHPC staff issued these responses: THE DESIGN...
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The Broad Ripple Parking Garage satisfied a need (so they say). But how well does it work?

The Broad Ripple Parking Garage satisfied a need (so they say). But how well does it work?
Considering the wonderful coverage Curt here at Urban Indy provided in the months leading up to and during the construction of the Broad Ripple Parking Garage, it’s surprising that nobody wrote a feature once it opened. But it looks like we didn’t.   So here’s a chance, now that the garage has just celebrated its fourth birthday.   People in the local blogosphere routinely rant and rave about how many development projects have depended upon taxpayer subsidies to get off the ground—either in the form of liberal application of Tax Increment Financing, reduced-interest loans, or even...
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MPO Releases Upcoming Project List

MPO Releases Upcoming Project List
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Organization has awarded $59 million towards 30 transportation initiatives in the Central Indiana Region. There are some interesting points to make here. First, the list: Local Public Agency Project Project Type Funds Awarded Avon School Zone Flashing Beacons Safety Upgrade $133,680   Bargersville Signal Pre-emption Signal – Other $143,502 Brownsburg Green Street & Airport Road Roundabout Intersection $1,809,000 Brownsburg E. CR 700 N Reconstruction Roadway Reconstruction $3,894,300 Carmel 116th Street & Guilford Road...
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Strong Indy Meetup for June

Strong Indy Meetup for June
  Strong Indy will be having another monthly meetup happening a week early for the month of June on Thursday, June 8th at 7 PM. We’ll be back to our more normal location at Rundell Ernstberger Associates. This month we’ll have the Indy MPO speaking to us about: · What is an Metropolitan Planning Organization? · Why a Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)? · Goals, Objectives, and Performance Measures (the process to date) · Revenues · Projects and Project Prioritization · How do you get involved in an LRTP process? The MPO sets the spending priorities along with INDOT for a...
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