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College and Massachusetts: A Critical Intersection

College and Massachusetts: A Critical Intersection
The corner of College, Mass, and St. Clair has been on my radar for years now, as it currently features one solid newer building and 5 open lots: Recently, there have been a few different proposals to change the status quo on the corner, which could become a critical link between downtown and Broad Ripple. First up is a mixed use proposal on the Southeast corner by Milhaus, which appears to be a solid infill project:   On the southwestern corner, a much-less inspired proposal was recently tabled by the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission.  The proposal included a surface parking lot at...
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Broad Ripple Office Proposal Renderings

Broad Ripple Office Proposal Renderings
A few weeks ago, the IBJ reported on a proposal for a 5 story mixed use building at the current site of an American Legion building in Broad Ripple. The renderings for this structure have been submitted and are posted below: This looks to be a significant step up for the northern end of Broad Ripple, which features mostly single story converted houses, as well as a single small tower north of this site. I look forward to following its...
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Central State Redevelopment Update

Central State Redevelopment Update
On Monday, thanks to Derek Naber from the Department of Metropolitan Development, I had the opportunity to tour the Central State Hospital grounds to take a look at their ongoing redevelopment efforts.  Derek also sent me the latest pdf of the current plans, which can be viewed here.  I’ll excerpt a few of the more relevant slides throughout this post for reference purposes. There have already been a few apartment buildings built upon the grounds that have been occupied for 2 years now. This fall, the southwest corner will see the opening of a new Christel House Acadamy.  Unfortunately, the...
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Plan2020

Plan2020
Recently, I have been honored with an appointment to the Plan2020 initiative as a part of the Connect Indy Committee.  I ask the readers of this blog take this as an opportunity to make some recommendations that they wish the initiative will address. Please post a comment, or send me an e-mail at kevin dot kastner at gmail dot com.  This is our chance to have a say in the six plans that the city will be updating as a part of this...
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On Taking Time to Photograph

On Taking Time to Photograph
Often while traveling around the city, I’ll get out of my car or dismount my bike and take some photos of structures or infrastructure that I find interesting. I do this for the blog, mainly, but I’ve also come to learn the value of having a backlog of thousands of photos stored online. One building that has undergone a change was located at 17th and Bellefontaine. I documented it for a blog post back in 2008, during the point when I was photographing various little-known urban corners around the city (note: I’m going to do this again some day, I hope): Yesterday I decided to revisit...
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