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Mixed Use Project Coming to 22nd and Delaware

By almost any measure, the redevelopment of Fall Creek Place has been a resounding success. Building upon a $4M Homeownership Zone Award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and leveraged through $20M from a Tax Increment Financing district that upgraded neighborhood infrastructure, the plan quickly found footing in the early 2000s and transformed “Dodge City” into the beautiful, walkable neighborhood we see today. Homes are still being built on Broadway St. on some of the last remaining parcels available in Phase 4, a section not originally planned but added after the overwhelming success of the initial three phases. These homes are fully market-rate, receiving none of the subsidies that existed when Fall Creek Place first began, which is a testament to the long-term effect that the initial investment has had.

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While homeownership has been at the core of redevelopment activity, commercial space has been slow to follow. A retail market study was commissioned by the City in 2001 (p47), around the time that initial plans for Fall Creek Place were being developed. The study looked at the King Park area in general and considered a number of intersections for their potential to house a neighborhood shopping node. The final recommendation was to focus additional commercial development around the already-established node at 22nd St. and Central Ave.

Unfortunately, none of the plan recommendations materialized and the study is likely collecting dust on a shelf at the Department of Metropolitan Development. It wasn’t until 2007, when the live-work Douglas Pointe Lofts were completed, that Goose the Market and Salon Orange Moon established a new neighborhood commercial node at 25th and Delaware. Lincoln Park Shops followed in 2008, providing a handful of retail spaces now occupied by City Yoga, Indy’s Kitchen and Monon Coffee at 25th and Central.

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While commercial space has been added in small doses, a relatively large parcel of land has been available for commercial development at the northeast corner of 22nd and Delaware. The King Park Development Corporation has tried on a number of occasions to develop the parcel, at one point getting within days of a groundbreaking before Ace Hardware pulled out of the project. At long last, it appears that King Park has found a partner in Bloomington-based Cedarview Management, who is moving forward with plans to develop the site into a four-story mixed-use commercial and apartment project.

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The ground floor will have approximately 8,850 sq.ft. of leasable commercial space plus a resident exercise room, with a 29 space parking lot behind. The commercial space is projected to be broken into one large space around the corner of 22nd and Delaware, with two smaller spaces to the north. No tenants are officially lined up at this time, but Cedarview is reportedly in talks with multiple restaurant operators and is pursuing other neighborhood-serving retail tenants.

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Three floors above the commercial space will house 47 rental units, primarily studio and 1BR units with a handful of 2BR units. An underground parking level will provide 54 spaces for residents. Rents are expected to be on par with recently-completed apartment projects close to the downtown core.

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The developer recently filed with the Department of Metropolitan Development to rezone the site from C-3 to C-S and has requested a number of variances typical to urban developments (e.g. reduced setbacks, reduction from required parking, etc). All of the renderings included here are from their public filing. If everything goes according to plan, the developer expects to break ground by fall so that foundation work can be complete before winter. This should be an exciting addition to the already successful Fall Creek Place neighborhood!

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16 Responses to “ “Mixed Use Project Coming to 22nd and Delaware”

  1. Anthony Jackson says:

    Nice and a hand full of these would nice on meridian street between the 1800 to about 2600 even near IV Tech iam sure they would love to have mainly staff, and would fall in perfect with the eateries along meridian, also near 16th and penn, also east washington near the interstate/hardees/southeastern street at wash. street on down,and possibly the river front.etc.

  2. Chris Barnett says:

    There is supposed to be a 50+unit building coming on the 2100 Block of Meridian on the big vacant lot there.

  3. Chris Barnett says:

    Kudos to King Park Area Development Corp. for making this one happen.

  4. Aaron B says:

    It looks like they are planning to move the neighborhood monument sign and get rid of the traffic triangle. Seems to be a good – just adjust the corner and provide more outdoor space. for pedestrians and potential tenant. I also like the three drop to three stories next to the existing houses. Smart. Hope everything goes through. I always felt the downside to the homeownership zone was the lack of diversity in housing options. This would start to address that issue, plus bonus some retail.

    • Eric says:

      Just noticed that it’s actually going to get WAY harder to get to the south side of 22nd or the SW corner of the area. Curb radius is getting much bigger and cross point not indicated but likely moving east. Small roads and intersections always work best, not this.

      • Chris Corr says:

        True, the point reconfiguration is a compromise, but I think it’s a good one and it’s one that the neighborhood asked for. The offset geometry of this intersection means it’s never going to be perfect for any one type of user, but on balance this is a win for pedestrians.

        The current configuration allows free flow of vehicles from westbound 22nd to Delaware through the cut-through lane, since there’s a Yield sign at the end. It really couldn’t be much worse for pedestrians than the way it is right now. If the island weren’t there creating the cut-through, vehicles would at least have to stop at a red light before turning right onto Delaware.

        The new configuration (if approved by DPW) will close the cut through and soften the point. The softening is a mandate in order to allow buses to be able to make the turn if any routes are added in the future. As you mentioned, the crossings will move to the east and the north in order to maintain the same crossing distance. Westbound 22nd will have a new “No Turn on Red” added to further enhance pedestrian safety.

        One last thing: if you look at the total change in asphalt (ripped up cut-through minus softened point) there’s going to be a huge net gain for pedestrians. And looking to the future, there may be additional pedestrian enhancements coming to 22nd. At the very least, there may be bump-outs added to reduce crossing distances.

        • Eric says:

          It’d be nice to see an accurate rendering, new traffic speeds may not lead to the implied plaza effect shown,

          • While I think the curb radius should be tighter, they are planning on removing the cut-through that is currently there.

          • T says:

            There’s a restaurant going in… so yeah there will be a plaza area, not a huge one but big enough for plenty of outdoor seating. Just look at the plan.

    • Eric says:

      And the nice rendering with people congregating doesn’t accurately reflect the curb radius

  5. Eric says:

    Quite a ways from Goose the Market and its two prime corner parcels across the street currently underutilized. Any chance Delaware ever goes two ways? People drive 50mph through all the fantastic new development.

    • Dulcinea says:

      3 blocks is “quite a ways”? That’s a 5 minute walk and walking is exactly what this neighborhood should encourage. I think this is fantastic.

  6. ahow628 says:

    There is a hole in the ground!

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