The IBJ’s Property Lines has posted an article about a new mixed-use proposal located on the northwest corner of College and Michigan in the Lockerbie Square neighborhood. The project is large enough on its own: 190 market-rate apartments, 44,000 sq feet of retail and office space, reopening Cincinnati Street, located on 3/4 of a city block. Even more intriguingly, in the comments of the article, reporter Cory Schouten mentions that the developers are looking toward the prospect of converting College Avenue to a two-way street from Massachusetts Avenue to Market Street. I made a speculative post about the prospect of a two-way College Avenue, and this is a good time to revisit that possibility.
I’m usually on the side of better connectivity, so of course this is something I can support. It’s interesting to note that the Whitsett Group stops at Market Street, as just to the south of Market is the location of the railroad bridge/monstrosity:
This narrow opening between buildings is roughly 53 feet wide. I believe that a 2-way street can be pulled off through this section of Lockerbie, but the developers need to be mindful of this. They might have more success with converting College to the north of Michigan, which has less such tight spaces, and would still be a win for site connectivity. Regardless of this exciting prospect, a major project like this is proof that downtown Indianapolis is still a place worthy of investment.