There is a large number of projects either under construction or planned downtown. I’ll start with those under construction today; look for planned developments soon.
The main branch of the Library, which is set to open in a few weeks. Looks quite nice, hopefully all that money and wasted time will be worth it.
Lucas Oil Stadium, still on schedule to open August 8 of next year with the Drum Corps International event. I’m concerned about the necessity of a hugely expensive sports stadium when we have a dire need for better public schools and mass transit infrastructure. However, I hope this will bring some life to the south side of downtown.
The Cultural Trail is almost finished with its first leg on Alabama Street. They’ve just release a promotional video. This is the most exciting and innovative project to grace our streets in a long while. It is slated for a 2009 completion.
3 Mass Ave. I can see the large construction pit from my office window. This project will feature a green roof, underground parking, ground level retail, and condos. The project looks to be behind schedule for its stated Summer 2008 opening.
The Maxwell, on East Ohio. Ground level retail, lower condo prices than other recent downtown developments, and nice density. Another project I can see from my office window, its construction appears to be a bit farther along than 3 Mass Ave
707 E North. Luxury condos. I would imagine this would probably be finished by Summer of 2008 from the looks of it.
Shelton Condos on North Delaware. A rehab project with affordable condos. The building was designed by a protege of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Meridian Arch on Meridian and St. Clair. A rehab of an old church into condos with multiple price points.
Lockerbie Park at Michigan and College. A very large project that is partially complete. Unfortunately, sales of the brownstone units on Park Avenue has been quite slow. Hopefully this will not discourage development of the mixed-use building at Michigan and College.
Renaissance Flats in St. Joseph’s Neighborhood. Affordable and dense, this type of development has been fought against in other neighborhoods. Hopefully it can serve as an example of solid infill. The construction looks to be near completion.