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Circle City Industrial Complex: Key Cog in the Other Mass Ave

Circle City Industrial Complex: Key Cog in the Other Mass Ave
The massive Circle City Industrial Complex, located at Massachusetts and 10th Street, is under new ownership, which is looking to breathe life into both the building and the surrounding neighborhood. They have release a pdf, which explains the proposal in detail.  The project will open up a portion of the currently vacant southern third for studios and a possible restaurant, which this portion of Massachusetts Avenue lacks. A broad view of the neighborhood can be seen below. Notice that there appears to be a call to redevelop much of the industrial portion of Mass Ave, as well as needed attention to...
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Farewell, Market Square Arena Parking Lots

Farewell, Market Square Arena Parking Lots
The buzz behind the 2 major projects on the former Market Square Arena parking lots has built to a point to where the only question appears to be the date for groundbreaking. Thus, it is appropriate to bid a farewell to some of the worst parking lots in Indy. These projects will get us closer to the achievable goal of ridding the mile square of massive lots. I’ve walked down Market Street on a too-narrow sidewalk almost every day for these past 15 years, wondering if the time would ever come that it would be anything other than asphalt. I believe the sidewalk will be widened, and Market Street,...
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Southside Indy Receives Revitalization Grant

Southside Indy Receives Revitalization Grant
A large portion of the Southside has received a grant from Local Initiatives Support Coalition. A map of the region is posted below, as it is bounded by Meridian, Raymond, I-65, and I-465: Notice there are 2 large community assets in this neighborhood: Garfield Park and University of Indianapolis. Garfield Park is set to receive some new interactive sculptures, courtesy of Big Car: As for the University of Indianapolis, they’re setting their sites on a large redevelopment plan of their own, centered around the proposed Health Services Center: There are also many challenges in the area,...
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Not Just Wishful Thinking? A Quick Look at Plan 2020’s Bicentennial Plan

Not Just Wishful Thinking? A Quick Look at Plan 2020’s Bicentennial Plan
Do you ever look around your city and think, “I wish that we had…”? If I wrote down a list of all the things I wanted to change or add to my city, it would fill up a couple of pages easily. Now imagine if you compiled the wish list of more than 100 leaders representing different interests and lifestyles from around a city. What would that look like? How long would that list be? As it turns out, Plan 2020 did just that for Indianapolis, and the result is their 20-page Bicentennial Agenda (among a slew of other, more technical documents). If you’re feeling Leslie Knope-ish, the...
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New Townhomes in Warfleigh Scrapped (Updated)

New Townhomes in Warfleigh Scrapped (Updated)
lThe Indianapolis Business Journal mentioned a proposal  (about 2/3 of the way down) that has been withdrawn for the Warfleigh neighborhood, which sits just to the west of Broad Ripple overlooking the Central Canal. I had heard about this proposal for a while, but had yet to see any renderings. On Wednesday I discovered a neighborhood forum where the project was discussed with much derision, which piqued my curiosity even more. I asked a person who knows about the project if they had any information, and they sent me this PDF, which contained these renderings: This looks like a nice project to...
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Red Cross HQ Redesign

Red Cross HQ Redesign
The Red Cross has downsized their proposed headquarters, and have released a couple of renderings, which have been posted in the most recent Department of Metropolitan Development’s Regional Center(page 69) staff report. It appears to fit in relatively well with the other structures that are further north on Meridian Street. It will take up a smaller lot, and free up more land for future development, which is good to see. This is a key component in the great parcel migration. Next will be the Mass Avenue Fire Station‘s move to the current Red Cross land. Also, the Fire Fighter’s...
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Indy On the Rise – Guest Post from Andrew Christenberry

Indy On the Rise – Guest Post from Andrew Christenberry
This post was originally written on the City Gallery’s blog. Please check it out, if you haven’t already. We hear it said often that the world is changing. From the constant ebb and flow in our respective worldviews, to the perceived progression (or perhaps perceived digression) of our respective cultures, change is happening. While the majority of us undoubtedly know this to be true, it can often seem abundantly generalized to the extent that, in our own particular context, it becomes ambiguous. What exactly is changing here and now, and how is said change affecting the immediate world...
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Old Town Greenwood Continues to Debate its Future

Old Town Greenwood Continues to Debate its Future
There’s a 3rd new plan up for debate for Old Town Greenwood, and it appears to be much improved. A few years ago, there was a plan to knock down many of the old buildings, widen the street, and replace the buildings with faux replicas.  Fortunately, this was shelved, and replaced with a plan that would keep the buildings, but turn the streets into one-way thoroughfares. This  has also been shelved. Now, there is a new plan by HWC Engineering and Axis. The plan is to restore building facades through a grant application process. They also plan to widen the sidewalks and eliminate turn lanes....
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New Proposal at 718 N College Avenue

New Proposal at 718 N College Avenue
This is an update of the previous case by Milhaus to construct a new apartment complex in the Chatham Arch neighborhood. That case has been withdrawn, and a new proposal has been filed for a possible restaurant and bar with rooftop seating. A few renderings are shown below: This looks to be a nice proposal that makes good use of the existing...
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From Art to Ads: Commodifying Space at the Indy Airport.

From Art to Ads: Commodifying Space at the Indy Airport.
A few years ago, the still shiny-and-new Indianapolis International Airport (IND) found itself at the center of a mild controversy. The Airport Authority announced, after just three years in operation, what for some people amounted to a pretty significant concession: it was replacing one of the most prominent artistic installations with a large flat screen filled with animated clips of information on sponsors. In other words, it was creating a huge digital billboard, reneging on some the initial promises it made with regards to public art, in the eyes of many.   Multiple media sources, from...
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