Arts vision for Virginia Avenue

June 8, 2009
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
Fletcher Place ArtsA proposed $9 million project called Fletcher Place Arts calls for 56 mostly one-bedroom apartments, 8,700 square feet of first-floor retail or office space, and a second-floor office suite to accommodate a not-for-profit organization. It would take up about an acre at the corner of Virginia Avenue and McCarty Street and include a common area on the roof and a large art installation in the atrium. The developer, Craig E. Von Deylen of locally based Perkins VonDeylen Architects, said what really sold him on the site is the planned arrival of the Cultural Trail. The five-story project must win a zoning change from the city before the developer demolishes the existing one-story structure. He's been talking with the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, or iMoCA, about occupying the not-for-profit space. The full story is here.
  • Awesome news for Fountain Square and for the City. It is good to see projects starting to move forward again, I am sure it makes your job easier Cory.

    This is another nail in the coffin of the argument that amenities like the cultural trail do not spur development. This hopefully will be the next anchor in the redevelopment of FS.
  • Sorry, meant Fletcher Place. I saw Virginia and thought FS. It will be good for FS, though because it will help bridge the I-65, 70 gap. Anchor both sides of the bridge with strong anchors, and you will get a lot of cross over. Need to make the Virginia Ave bridge more pedestrian friendly, maybe even a separate art bridge to help connect the two areas.
  • Great project for Virginia Avenue / Fountain Square / Fletcher Place ! ! !

    The design is totally awesome and a cool project like this is much needed, it will really help to bring attention to this area of town.
  • Cool mix of uses. Def will help anchor the area.

    Indyman is right about a pedestrian plan for that bridge.
    Will the CTrail make that reality?

    Cory or anyone else: what's the plan for taking the CT over 65/70 at that crossing?
  • Along Virginia is a nice example of exisiting single and double story buildings that sit right up to the road. Unfortunately many are vacant or under/misused. More medium density residential projects like this will only help. I would like to see the White Castle warehouse on the other end of the bridge replaced with another mixed use development. (Personally I would like to see every White Castle leave the face of the planet.) A warehouse such as that has become inappropriate for the area.

    The cultural trail will use the existing bridge over I65/70. The bridge is rather crowded and I do not know how it will impact traffic lanes etc.
  • Hate to be pessimistic, but that's not going to get built. $1,400 for one bedroom apartments is way too high for that area and I'd be shocked if someone finances high end apartments in that neighborhood. Like the concept, this reminds me a lot of Ralston Square. Unrealistic given the location and the market.
  • Levi, I generally agree regarding the residential price point, though I doubt it's a killer for the overall viability of the project. They're probably looking to market to young singles working over at Lilly, but even so, $1400 is NOT a reasonable price point for 1BR apartments ANYWHERE in Indy. My friends were renting a 2BR, 1600sq.ft. condo just ~2 blocks away in Fletcher Place for $1050/mo.
  • This is one of the better developments the city has seen in recent memory.


    Not disparaging this design, architecture of this quality should should be the bare minimum that Indianapolis citizens expect.

    A rising tide lifts all ships, as they say.

    I hope it's built and sets a new baseline standard for development along The Cultural Trail, Virginia Avenue, and throughout Indy.

    Perhaps then we'll begin to see the dynamic and visceral architecture to which Wil Marquez alluded in an earlier post.


    Also, $1400 is steep. :-)
  • Great idea - great location. Only 1 BR's? Why not 1's/2/s? Rent it between 900 and 1200 - and it will fly...This is what the market will bear...
  • Looks like the movie theater anchor for a lifestyle center.

Post a comment to this blog

We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
  1. Good Day I am Mr (Victoria Wright) from United state of America, i stayed in NEW YORK, and i have a broke up business, until i found this company email who help me to gain a loan for business,, and now i want to used this short medium to congratulate the below company for the fast and safe money they loan to me without any form of collateral, i loan 500,000USD from the company to save my business and lots more, i saw their mail on the internet, everyone always give testimony for what they did, so i quickly contacted them and they all did everything for me without stress and my money was sent to my account just 3 days later, i was surprise and i feel so glad, now i have a standard business control agent who help me, now i will advice those who need urgent loan to contact him at the bellow

  2. NOTICE:This is to inform the general public that Vampires are real. My name is James Franklyn.,am an agent of vampire,am here to introduce our new world trend to you,a world of vampire where life get easier,we have made so many persons vampires and have turned them rich,you will be assured long life and prosperity,you shall be made to be very sensitive to mental alertness,stronger and also very fast,you will not be restricted to walking at night only even at the very middle of broad day light you will be made to walk.In case you are wildly oppressed by some unscrupulous persons we can still help you fight them.Your protection is assured immediately you join.Just contact the bellow email if you are interested we are here to attend to you anytime you want us. Contact the bellow email for more details. Sincerely: James Franklyn.

  3. Bravo! Someone else that is willing to speak the truth! Bravo!_____NBCSN is available in almost 2 MILLION more homes than just a few years ago, but Indycar STILL gets less total viewers than it did just a few years ago when NBC took over Versus. Attendance and ratings cratered with the end of season races (just when the title battle got "interesting" HAH!__________And race in Basilia, where Miles celebrated the "rich history" of Indycar racing there. Rich history? What, 7 events in the 100 years of AOW? Yep, some history. Well, at least its an oval. It's not??? Are you kidding me??? Gosh darn road racin furriners.

  4. PURITY RAY LOAN OFFER........ Have you been denied by your banks,or are you in need of of an urgent loan to pay of your bills we are capable of giving loans @ cheaper rate to interested individuals, student, companies and members of the public in need of finance to settle bills, we do offer considerable loans which you can count on. For more information on our various types of loan,then you will have to contact PURITY RAY LOAN FIRM, to help you achieve your desire LOAN APPLICATION FORM TO BE FILLED BORROWERS INFORMATION * Full name:………………………. * SEX * ……………………………. * Country………………………….. * State:……………………………. * Land:…………………………….. * Occupation:…………………….. * phone number:…………………. * Telephone: ………………………….. * Age:………………………………. * Amount needed as loan:……… * Loan Duration:………………….. * Propose of Loan:……………….. * Annual revenue:………………… * Monthly Income:……………….. * Guarantee:………………………. * Payment: monthly or annually Thank you and God bless Mr Purity Ray PURITY RAY LOAN FIRM we tend to serve you better

  5. Problem: most of the people responding to this article don't know about this service AT ALL! Why? Lack of awareness. This isn't IndyGo. This is CIRTA: might as well be the mattress company because they are asleep at the wheel - something like 3 directors over the last year? Playing with federal grant money is great! This "region" wants commuter rail service, has spent MILLIONS on Transportation studies yet can't even support a commuter bus line? This is largely for suburban riders to get to downtown - not for "service people to work in our hotels and restaurants" ! Get your head out of your backside!! These are professionals, students etc. that don't want to fight traffic, save some money on parking, gas, stress.... if CIRTA would put their federal money into widely promoting the sevive to Greenwood, Fishers & Carmel instead of finding directors and studies - this would be a successful service. Our family uses(d) it daily for the last several years - but the recent uncertainty & now unreliability due to cuts from Carmel has been a problem. Now, costs us an additional $350/month for gas & parking ( $4200/year) plus vehicle wear, service, environmental impact ... YES - this REGION needs this this type of service in order to keep growing and getting the people it needs to fill skilled positions in downtown Indianapolis. Think outside of your own car !!!