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Sears at Castleton Closes: How to Rethink the Space Amidst the Retail Apocalypse

Sears at Castleton Closes: How to Rethink the Space Amidst the Retail Apocalypse
We knew it was going to happen eventually.   Sears Holdings Company recently announced the latest wave of closures for its two flagship department stores—Sears and Kmart—and they did not spare metro Indy from the chopping block. This time around, the Sears is closing at Castleton Square Mall, the largest and, in most regards, the best-known mall in the region. Once Sears is gone, the chain will only have one location left in the entire metro of two million: down on the south side, at Greenwood Park Mall.   We could assert that Sears’ departure is a huge blow to Castleton, but the...
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Urban Indy’s 11th Anniversary: Celebrate the Potential of Hanna International Lofts

Urban Indy’s 11th Anniversary: Celebrate the Potential of Hanna International Lofts
Today marks the 11th anniversary of Urban Indy. I apologize for my lack of recent posts, but I’m still around. There is a lot to talk about, but the one project that got the most votes on my twitter poll was the Hanna International Lofts in Lafayette Square. This part of town has long interested me, as it could have faltered heavily through a lack of investment.  The built environment is pure 1960’s-1990’s sprawl. There isn’t much that has been built that is worth saving, including the old Hooters where this project will live. Since we are the capital city of the state,...
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Another Parking Lot Gone?

Another Parking Lot Gone?
It appears the trend of developing our lowest and worst uses will continue with a new proposal for the storied parking lot at the northeast corner of Pennsylvania and Vermont. Perhaps inspired by TWG’s development on the old Indy Star site, this proposal calls for a 7-story, mixed-use building with 165 dwelling units, 157-space parking garage and 2,200 square feet of retail. We just received this, so we are interested in your thoughts.   This petition, 2018-REG-031 is scheduled to be heard Thursday, April 26 at 10 am in room 1842 of the City-County Building.   Social Media ...
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Bottleworks: a Make-or-Break Ambition

Bottleworks: a Make-or-Break Ambition
Indy’s seen a lot of projects in the past decade. But I’m not sure if we have seen any publicly available property that reaches the potential scale of Bottleworks in the downtown area since possibly the opening of now-struggling Circle Center Mall. A major reason for this is the historic character of the property. Turning a fading-but-amazing Art Deco structure into retail, theater, residences, and offices, along with building brand new buildings and infrastructure. The location is prime: There haven’t been too many bad investments made along Massachusetts Avenue. But this is another...
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INDOT Proposes a Devastating Blow to Downtown Neighborhoods (Edited)

INDOT Proposes a Devastating Blow to Downtown Neighborhoods (Edited)
One very powerful state organization has a proposal to set back the past 40 years of downtown redevelopment. Instead of a bold proposal that would help reunite the urban fabric, INDOT gives us the stuff of nightmares: INDOT gave us what the roadway could look like, but they didn’t give us the street-level view. Fortunately, local architects decided to fill in that massive gap. The highway exists in the top photo, but at least it can be partially mitigated with greenery. Not so with a giant concrete wall. Click the above pdf to see the whole impact analysis for yourself. It’s worth a look....
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