This is the first post in a weekly series focusing on each of the College Avenue Business Nodes. On Saturday, February 25th, I met with Mary Owens, who is the head of the Land Use Committee for the Meridian Kessler neighborhood. I would like to thank her for the helpful information that she was able to provide during our walk from 54th Street to 42nd Street. First up: 54th and College.
The northwest corner has seen the most recent changes, so I thought I would start the feature there. Mary Owens mentioned that the building has recently been purchased by a developer who has been helpful in restoring the exterior of the building. She said that Twenty Tap even put some money towards the cause to make the facade more inviting. In other news, a commenter on the Skyscraper Cities forum has mentioned that Fat Dan’s is moving from Broad Ripple to the former Bokay Florist spot. However, I have not seen conformation of this fact, and Mary was unaware of this development.
The northeast is now dominated by Fresh Market. The neighborhood attempted to get the store to locate closer to the corner, but Fresh Market demanded to have the parking up front. It is an unfortunate decision in my eyes. My neighbors and I have wondered about what could go in here if Fresh Market ever folded, and we agree that it reminds us of a CVS or Walgreens. Regardless, we are generally happy to have the market at this location.
Mary mentioned that the neighborhood is trying to get Moe and Johnny’s to work with them on restoring the sidewalk along this stretch of College. Failing that, they would like to at least see some paint striping that demarcates the pedestrian area.
This corner has seen the least amount of change in the past 5 years. The Jazz Kitchen has recently opened a carry-out pizza place known as Bebop, and there’s a new hair salon along 54th Street. This is also one of 2 corners at the intersection that have new bicycle racks at the bus stops. I did not take any photos on Saturday, so I’ll simply rerun an old picture of Yat’s that I took back in 2008: