Less than one year ago, I posted an article featuring some photos of City Way, a large new development that basically creates a neighborhood from a former parking lot. The project is nearing completion, and I happened to have a bit of time last week to walk around the facility for the first time since that post. First off, a look at some of the recently completed work. The first 2 pictures are of buildings that face Alabama Street:
This project has also improved upon the north entrance for Eli Lilly, as well as the intersections along South Street:
The centerpiece of the project is the Alexander Hotel, named in honor of Alexander Ralston. The corner of South and Delaware features both a fine dining restaurant Cerulean and a bar. The interior spaces are quite attractive, although I didn’t attempt to photograph them with my phone:
City Way has received some good publicity from urban planners for its site plan, which hides the garages in the middle of the project.
And it’s a very good thing that they did, because these garages are behemoths:
Much has been made of the commissioned graffiti artwork of the interior of these garages, which has even made The Huffington Post. While I find that intriguing, I was taken aback by the sheer size and 1970′s style of them. I suppose that no matter how nicely designed the project is, a project in Indianapolis will still need to be able to park a ton of cars, even in the middle of downtown. This is yet another reason to support Indy Connect, which happens to be in hearing at the Indiana Senate at 1:30 today.
Overall, I enjoy this project quite a bit, as it brings new life to a part of downtown that has been mostly empty for years. The design is solid, and when lit up at night, this new neighborhood feels like an urban experience. I look forward to what may be yet to come along South Street.