Beilouny buildings filling up

July 27, 2007
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757 Mass AveBeilouny Luxury Properties has lined up Tantrum, a new local clothing boutique, for its 757 Mass Ave building. The company also has been talking with several restaurants about taking an anchor restaurant/bar space on the corner, but has been unable to reach terms, including with Blu Martini, a sushi restaurant and cocktail bar on 96th Street, said Amy Peddycord, a project spokeswoman. Blu Martini is looking elsewhere downtown. Beilouny has sold 17 of 23 units in the 757 building, its flagship, including condos to race car drivers Michael Andretti and Dan Wheldon. The company also has a 17-unit condo project under construction around the corner, at 707 E. North St. Four of those units have been sold. That project does not include retail space.
  • Any plans for a coffee shop? Say a Starbucks?
  • FINALLY! I have been wondering why retail hasn't jumped on these spaces. I had figured that the leases were too expensive. Will Blue Martini be closing it's 96th Street location?

    This will really help to bridge the dead zone between upper Mass Ave and the rest of the Avenue.

    I really can't wait to see aditional flat iron buildings constructed at each of the lots at the intersection of College and Mass Ave. That will make that intersection look great! I also love the fact that College is really turning into a great residnetial canyon from Michigan to Mass Ave.

  • CoryW, please see the updated post. Beilouny's talks with Blu Martini apparently also broke down. Beilouny wouldn't share what kind of terms they're seeking for the space, but it seems they may be pushing the high end of what the market will bear.
  • i agree with coryw! i've long pictured what that intersection could become. still unbelievable that another building hasn't popped up on another of the five points. the ips buildings are a gem and i also can't believe it's taking this long to find an alternative spot for their buses. what a waste of space! look further up mass ave and there are tons of spots for a maintenance/industrial center. hmmmm....
  • Corner Coffee in St. Joe's is supposedly looking for space on/near Mass Ave to relocate to.

    Also I too am really exited to see some more awesome Flat Iron buildings pop up around Mass/Indiana/Virginia Aves.
  • This is the ugliest building ever built in the history of Indianapolis. With all the drama over it. You would think it would have been better looking. IT'S JUST BAD ON ALL LEVELS. Sorry CoryW. But this is as far away from a FLAT IRON building you could get. They didn't even use the point of the building well. One under detail window at the 45% +-angle. First year Architectural students could have done better. NO BODY WANTS TO BE IN A BUTT UGLY BUILDING. The IHPC should hang there head in shame for letting this POS get built.
  • How many of the condo owners will actually have their primary residence in the building? For all the hype about downtown residential development, it seems like most of these units are going to millionaires who are buying multiple homes. It's just empty space if no one lives there 80% of the time.
  • bob - i agree that indianapolis hasn't gotten a fair shake when it comes to modern architecture, but the ugliest building ever built in the history of indianapolis is by far a stretch! not to mention, in the scheme of things, it will hopefully one day be considered a pioneer for the area/east end of mass ave. since no one else seems to be investing in new building projects there. let's hope it becomes outshined by projects in the future...
  • I remember going to the Abbey in that spot when I was in highschool. I was honestly a little afraid to park my car across the street. Maybe the condos are overpriced, but I do like the idea of feeling safe walking down Mass Ave now...and having that feeling of security extend to College is nice. Also, the building is not 'butt ugly', but I'll admit it's not terribly remarkable. I feel the same way about the 3 Mass Ave building. If they're looking to build in the spirit of the neighborhood, perhaps something simple like a bit more decorative moulding or other finishing touches on the exterior would be appropriate...
  • well said, ianeck....100 % agree with you on the 3Mass building. the roof is cool, but honestly the main structure is not that attractive. and the use of the 70's/80's style brick is annoying. at least use the classic brick tones that are seen up and down the ave. i still just don't know why it's so hard to design a cool-looking structure in this city. can someone or something lift the fog of mediocrity from the eyes of these architects!? it's honestly like a sick joke anymore...
  • ryan -- Rumor is that Penn Centre renderings may be released tomorrow. I'm hoping for good things from this project. Keep your fingers crossed.
  • awesome - i'm keeping my fingers crossed as well! i have a good feeling about this one for some reason...
  • Bob you are a riot. Weren't you the owner's rep burned at the stake by the IHPC? Blaiming the IHPC? Interesting. If you want real humor, look what was submitted by the architect the first few times. Remember when the parking was above ground on the 2nd and 3rd floors?

    And remember, the whole neighborhood and a few council members were begging the IHPC to approve this because it was so beautiful. Bob, do you have better taste than the Chatham-Arch neighborhood and Jackie Nytes?

    Now the construction detailing is awful. And I could definitely pick a better brick color...
  • the structure atleast blends with the brick feel of mass ave.
    New retail will hopefully help the other section of mass avenue.
    This could really help.
  • Thanks, Big Money...
    I was searching the web to try to find an old photo of the Abbey Coffeehouse that was on this corner, and that was only one of a few truly genuinely great places to be. Loved their booths, the mural work, and the art that adorned the walls. Fortunately, I did see a nice photo of the Abbey, which made memory clearer. But, then, I saw it's "replacement," which is a terribly banal piece of real estate that is only accessible to those who have money to live at that level. May the destruction of a great Indy hang-out forever haunt those that live here!

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