Around town real estate roundup

March 26, 2009
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  • New headquarters and museum planned: Workers are renovating space in Claypool Court for a new Drum Corps International headquarters and a museum for the Percussive Arts Society. The not-for-profit DCI plans to take about 5,000 square feet, while the museum will take 16,000 square feet. The basement space, below the Weber Grill Restaurant, recently hosted "Bodies: The Exhibition". The new facility is slated to open in the fall.

  • Here comes the brew: A local beer enthusiast is renovating 7,000 square feet at 135 N. College Ave. for a microbrewery called Sun King Brewing Co. Former Ram brewer Omar Robinson plans to open the brewery between Market and Ohio streets sometime this summer.'s Neal Taflinger has more here.

  • Binford rebirth continues: A new restaurant called Binney's on the Boulevard plans to take about 3,000 square feet in renovated retail strip anchored by a new Kroger store at the northwest corner of 71st Street and Binford Boulevard.

  • Reusing an old Kmart: A Chicago developer plans to turn a vacant former Kmart store along Lafayette Road south of 38th Street into a discount mall. The 70,000-square-foot project, dubbed Indiana Discount Mall, will feature multiple vendors and will be open weekends starting in April.

  • More room to give: A plasma donation center at 502 N. Capitol Ave. downtown is doubling in size to more than 15,000 square feet. The facility is operated by Ohio-based Plasma Care Inc.
    • Great news on all five counts! It's nice to see all of the retail roundup be IN Indianapolis. :)

      p.s. that brewery sounds like an amazing concept!
    • Isn't a Panera supposed to go into the space that the DCI Museum is going in to?
    • Panera is where Old Navy used to be.
    • What is going in the old India garden location.
      I heard it was supposed to be Mcallisters Deli.
    • Cory - that's Clay Robinson, not Omar Robinson. Omar is the current brewer at Alcatraz.
    • argh - never mind, Cory. Sorry. Too quick to the draw on that.
    • Mostly great news in a recession. I'd rather pull the plug on the plasma center, however.

      The great thing about these is that they are putting investment into places that need it. I'm particularly glad to see 71st and Binford intersection coming along.e
    • Can't complain when its all positive news. On a side note....When is Panera planned to open?
    • Panera is opening in July according to my good friend at Simon.
    • A drum museum, to go along with a comic book museum and a cop museum...hmmm...exciting stuff
    • I guarantee you the Drum Museum will draw a lot more people than the other two combined.
    • I'm with Urbanophile: an expanded plasma center is NOT a good thing... two blocks from the Cosmopolitan, a block and a half from the signature feature of the Cultural Trail, and next door to Mo'Joe. Why not co-locate it with Wheeler Mission on North Delaware, or with Salvation Army or Horizon House on East Washington?
    • Take in the scenery and enjoy the amenities from the cultural trail, then donate some plasma....The perfect end to a perfect day ;-)
    • I feel like I'm missing something. What's so wrong with the Plasma Center?
    • CorrND,

      It's because some people think LCD Centers are better.

      (that's a TV joke, and not necessarily a good one)
    • Anyone know what is going in next to Taste of Tango? I noticed that the first floor space has been renovated and a fresh coat of paint looked like it had been applied to the first floor exterior.
    • DogBoy: I'm told it's a deli.
    • I feel like I’m missing something. What’s so wrong with the Plasma Center?

      Nothing, as long as they put in the requisite bar, that cashes the Plasma Center checks (for a small fee, of course) and is open at 7:00am, across the street. ;-)

      Sorry, just recalling my days of waiting for the bus on North High Street in Columbus, OH. across from the Plasma Alliance. Ah, good times, good times!
    • CorrND, it would appear that some people automatically equate plasma donation with homlessness or being poor? Next to the Wheeler Mission? Really Thundermutt? Sure, people get paid to donate but isn't that the real shame? That it requires people being paid to donate something which is so desperately needed? When was the last time YOU donated plasma or blood?

      I think it's just fine where it's at... as long as they keep all the down on their luck donatees out of sight of The Cosmo and Mo'Joe's for Thundermutt... ;-)
    • Omar is Clay's pops, btw. It's not the same Omar of Alcatraz.

      Not to mention that Sun King is presumably going to be a production brewery, not a brew-pub. They are slated to have a tasting room, but it isn't your traditional Rock Bottom, Ram or Alcatraz concept. They will take over craft beer in Indiana...Clay is not only capable, but majorly determined. Look out for this place in the near future for amazing brews. I look forward to him becoming the #1 brewery in this State.
    • I love my new Kroger at 71st Street!!! I really like the new options in the area, but I wish that there were sidewalks on every street, street trees in the HUGE median along Binford, cross walks for pedestrians, and more out-door cafes. Further, once this area is completed, the Miilerville node at Emerson, 56th, Kessler & Fall Creek could use the same treatment. That area is a perfect neighborhood village and deserves sidewalks, street trees, cross walks...essentially a master-plan.
    • silly rabbit, if the plasma center were a social service agency, I'd consider your tweak a fair one. But it's an undesirable business with an unsavory reputation, like check-cashing, behind-the-glass liquor stores, and pawnshops.

      If someone's being paid, they're not donating anything. They can donate at the Indiana Blood Center on North Meridian. And you don't see me complaining about that place...across from a you?
    • There is an intentional effort to add health care and life science businesses to the section of downtown north of NORTH, east of CAPITOL, and west of the CANAL. Much of it is comprised of warehouses and small industry. This area has the potential to become an urban life-sciences park with residential and retial.

      The PLASMA CENTER may not be a very exciting tenant for that sight but it does fit into a health care model. I am more concerned about the 5 to 6 blocks of parking lots that surround it. This land should be sold, developed with profits used to build parking structure closer to downtown covering only 1/2 a block (with ground floor retail and office space.)
    • Plasma centers are like pawnshops, check-cashers, c-stores and inner-city liquor stores that prey on poor people. Folks don't donate anything there, they sell their blood. There's nothing remotely life sciencey about it.
    • That plasma center is a perfect fit for the IUPUI community - poor college students needing some extra dough for their weekend binge drinking!

      That being said, it has the potential to compliment the health and life sciences sector growing there on the canal.
    • Here is one for everyone. A new St. Vincents hospital? At I-74 and Ronald Reagan Parkway on west side? Just heard this. Anyone confirm?
    • I'd like to know why Gourmet Franks and Zoe's Frozen Yogurt going in in Broad Ripple hasnt made this retail roundup???
    • because they are no t open? we've talked about them for months on here, btw. i expect both to last about as long as a nap.
    • Does anybody know what is going up on the southwest corner of Raymond and Shelby? That lot has been empty for years.

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