City Way is perhaps the largest project under construction in the downtown area. I find the design of the project to be refreshing, and perhaps the way of the future for the city. Instead of pinning our hopes on a splashy new high-rise, City Way is instead a collection of solid mid-rise buildings. I believe this leads to greater interaction with the street in a way that the city’s new taller buildings seem to struggle with.
CityWay as seen from the sidewalk next to Conseco Fieldhouse:
A closer look at the residences:
The centerpiece of the project is the Alexander Hotel:
The leasing office sits where the YMCA will be located:
The Alexander from the corner of Delaware and South:
The northeast corner of Alabama and South also has a rendering of a future office building that was posted on the Property Lines blog.
This project is a good example of taking an underutilized surface parking lot and turning it into an asset for the city. It’s a solid design that is unique in the city, and it complements the downtown setting with mixed-use structures and a new YMCA facility.
Another interesting part of this project is the conversion of Delaware Street from a one-way to a two-way thoroughfare, as seen in these 2 DPW PDF files (here, and here). The maps of the streetscape improvements are shown below:
The 2 way conversion on Delaware could help to mitigate the speed of traffic near the project. Also, this location would have otherwise proved difficult to visit from downtown. It’s good to see such an interest in a formerly dead part of town, and I think that Lucas Oil Stadium’s location might have renewed interest in South Street’s many empty lots.