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Ambitious Proposal for Kessler and College

Ambitious Proposal for Kessler and College
The southern portion of the AT&T buildings on College Avenue in Meridian Kessler has been for sale for a few months, and has already attracted a proposal. Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association has posted the elevations and land use plans to their website, and I thought I’d post them here as well. Notice that the site plan includes the potential Red Line from IndyGo: It looks to be an ambitious proposal that is sure to attract attention and feedback from the neighborhood. There’s a local meeting to discuss this development next Tuesday, September 1st at Bethlehem Lutheran...
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Meridian Kessler’s Updated Zoning Plan

Meridian Kessler’s Updated Zoning Plan
The Meridian Kessler neighborhood is currently updating its zoning guidelines for the first time since the late 1970s. This plan has been released for initial review, and can be viewed on this webpage. I’ve also uploaded a copy here. The main focus for this plan that is of interest to Urban Indy is to discuss the future of the commercial nodes within the neighborhood. This included possible traffic calming measures, which are discussed in detail on Appendix C. The plan map also included the neighborhood’s first potential park, located at 42nd Street and the Monon Trail. Public comments on...
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Bent Rail Proposal Downscales (Again)

Bent Rail Proposal Downscales (Again)
The proposal to remodel the former Monon Fitness Center building at 5301 Winthrop Avenue has taken yet another step towards satisfying some vocal opponents.  According to Misha Rabinowitch, the attorney for the proposal, the project has been downsized again.  Here are the details relayed to me by Mary Owens from the Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association: Revised site plan significantly reducing the size of the outdoor space and increasing the amount of onsite parking to 79 (from 54) Identifying the parking along Winthrop Ave. as parallel parking, which eliminates the need for a variance related...
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Meridian Kessler’s Long Range Traffic Calming Plan

Meridian Kessler’s Long Range Traffic Calming Plan
At last week’s Monon Corridor meeting, a presenter mentioned the Meridian Kessler long range traffic calming plan.  I was unfamiliar with it, so I checked it out on the internet the next day.  I had no idea how ambitious it would be.   Naturally, my favorite part of the plan is the raised intersections and improved crosswalks at the neighborhood nodes.  These intersections are currently dangerous to cross on foot, and the presenter mentioned that there have been a few serious accidents recently in the area. This plan will not be implemented soon, but it is good to know that the neighborhood...
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Monon Corridor Development Meeting

Monon Corridor Development Meeting
It has been a while since I have attended a neighborhood discussion meeting, so I was excited to see the upcoming meeting to discuss the future development of the Monon Corridor.  Here is info from the flyer for the meeting: With the ambitious Bent Rail Brewery planned next door to the meeting site, this is a great time to discuss the future of the corridor.  Redeveloping these long-vacant industrial buildings has been great to see, as these new uses have a potential to become more integrated with the surrounding neighborhood.  I hope to meet with others who are interested in the Monon corridor...
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