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Element and A Loft Hotel: Early Renderings

Element and A Loft Hotel: Early Renderings
A new two-flag hotel is being proposed downtown, directly across the street from Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. This lot featured a different hotel proposal before the market crash. The hotel is being designed by Ratio, across the street from their headquarters. The renderings of the new hotel are included on the IHPC Staff Report, and I’ve included some of them below: What do you think? Social Media ...
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OneAmerica Parking Garage: The Story

OneAmerica Parking Garage: The Story
Readers of the Indianapolis Business Journal may recall that two years ago, members of this blog remonstrated against the design of the OneAmerica Parking Garage.  That story has never been told on Urban Indy, until now.  The reason for sharing this now will be explained towards the end of this article.  But first, some background on the process. A member of our team (who was at the time independent of this blog) first brought up the various issues with the urban design of the garage, which was proposed to replace a surface lot at the corner of New York and Illinois.  This garage was to be built...
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Building Small

Building Small
I’m a huge fan of the new building to house a Chipotle on Washington Street downtown. So much so that I’ve taken photos of it in various stages of completion.  Here it was last September: Here it is as of Friday, March 28th: A major advantage that this site has over the larger projects around town is its location in between two long-standing buildings. The architects of Chipotle building didn’t have to worry about the appearance 2 of the 4 facades.  This shows the importance of preserving old buildings around town that make use of the entire parcel.   Another unique aspect of...
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Rethinking Indy’s Priorities from the Inside-Out

Rethinking Indy’s Priorities from the Inside-Out
Indianapolis’ Department of Public Works has released the priority list for Rebuild Indy part II. The first Rebuild Indy project came under fire from many angles, including this blog. This is not to say that there were not good accomplishments that happened with the initiative, but for the most part this project was about resurfacing and maintenance of the existing status quo. Poorly designed streets had new asphalt and concrete, but still had many of the same issues: poles in the sidewalks, sidewalks that were adjacent to the streets, and large turning radii, just to name a few issues. Building...
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Modernist Structure Gets a Facelift

Modernist Structure Gets a Facelift
A mostly innocuous-looking building at Alabama and New York Streets is undergoing a major renovation project. Formerly housing only a law firm, the first floor is being converted into a bank. Here is what it used to look like, courtesy of Google Street View: Here is how it looked, as of this morning.  Notice the new ADA-accessible entrance on the south side, which appears to be included tastefully: There are probably critics who will lament the loss of the concrete facade, as a testament that some developers still have not learned the lessons of the past with regards to appreciation of our...
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