It has been quite a while since I have posted a downtown project update. Almost two years, in fact. With the beautiful day we had yesterday, I figured it was a good time to walk around and post some pictures of some newer developments in the city.
First up is the first new building to be constructed within a block of Indy’s “Main and Main” streets since the Conrad was built, a 2-and-a-half story structure that will house a Chipotle:
On Illinois and Washington Streets, Circle Center Mall added Granite City Brewery, which did not make the same mistake as previous restaurants and actually connected with Illinois Street. The result looks better than a set of blank windows:
Further north on Illinois, I had to get a photos of what has to be one of the worst parking garages being constructed in the country. Not only is it almost 100 percent single use, but it fronts an entire block of Illinois Street. Now the city will have a blank wall of bare concrete for decades to come, and no room for flexibility or public interaction. Let it be known that the writers of Urban Indy did what we could to make this better for everyone involved, but I suppose it was too little, too late:
The best that can be said about that parking garage is that it did free up some land for Flaherty and Collins to construct Axis, a mixed-use project to house a Marsh and apartments at Senate and Michigan. Of course, there is plenty of on-site parking to be contained here as well:
Next, a long-vacant large building is being converted into apartments. This is a huge win for the near northside of downtown:
Closer to the downtown core, another impressive apartment conversion is underway. 333 N Pennsylvania will 72 apartments adjacent to the north side of the Star Building. After the Star leaves, and the project to remodel the rest of the block is underway, this part of downtown should be much more lively:
East of the former Market Square Arena lot, construction crews have been at work to convert a former eyesore into a mixed-use apartment complex known as Artistry:
A somewhat sad tale is underway north of downtown at College at North Streets, where a former church’s conversion into an architectural firm’s headquarters has been halted. At least the structure appears to be in better shape now.
Across the street, Cunningham Restaurant Group has moved their headquarters downtown:
And finally, work is underway at Milhaus’ Circa Project, where the non-contributing buildings have been demolished and the historic structure has been gutted.
Unfortunately, I was not able to get photos of the Barton Tower wrap building or Canal Tower, and I’m hoping to be able to post them here soon.
It’s great to see so many reuses and apartments going up in the downtown area. In the future, I hope to make this downtown project update a yearly post, instead of a bi-annual one. Let’s keep up the momentum for even more people who wish to live downtown.