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A Preview of the Red Line Station Alignments

A Preview of the Red Line Station Alignments
Last week, I was able to attend the Red Line’s public meeting at the Indianapolis Art Center. There were detailed section maps from the near north side up to Broad Ripple, which were exciting to see. The Red Line has also released some meeting posters in PDF form, which is worth a look as well. The bus is planning on taking up the center of the street on both Meridian Street and College Avenue. There will be 2 dedicated lanes on Meridian, and one on College. Along College, the buses will be able to pass one another only at the stations. They are connected by 38th Street, which will be a bit more...
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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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