A gas station proposed in Ransom Place Conservation District at the corner of 10th St. and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.?
Nixed by the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC).
A gas station proposed in Herron Morton Place Historic District at the corner of 16th St. and Central Ave.?
Passed by IHPC, but neighbors sue the developer to block construction (case pending).
Gas station proposals in protected historical neighborhoods have not fared well recently. Nevertheless, another developer is proposing one in Fountain Square Historic District at 1015 Virginia Ave. Not only is this site in a protected neighborhood, it’s directly adjacent to the recently-completed Southeast Corridor of the Cultural Trail. Needless to say, the developer faces an uphill battle with this one. It would be quite a slap in the face for the city to spend 10′s of millions of dollars on a world-class piece of cycling and pedestrian infrastructure only to have one of the unholiest forms of vehicle infrastructure built directly adjacent to the trail.
The developer has filed with the city for a “Variance of development standards of the Commercial Zoning Ordinance to provide for the construction of a two-story, 9,290-square foot convenience store / gasoline station and office.” The IHPC case for this project was heard on April 4th and continued to May 2nd. A separate case before the MDC Hearing Examiner is set for April 12th, but will likewise be continued to May 10th to “allow for the anticipated revision of proposed development plans.” No siteplan or renderings have been released as of yet, but you’ll see them as soon as we can get them.