CityWay YMCA plans include more than just rec facility

September 26, 2013
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A YMCA project proposed as part of the CityWay development likely will include much more than just a recreational facility.

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                              renderingPlans call for a three-story, 87,000-square-foot building with the YMCA occupying the upper two levels and retail space below. In addition, the project features an adjoining two-story, 12,000-square-foot medical office with surface parking.

The mixed-use development would be built on the southeast corner of Delaware and South streets. South of the Alexander Hotel in CityWay, the site currently includes a parking lot for Eli Lilly and Co.

Plans submitted to the city by the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis show the larger building clad in brick, metal panels and glass. The glass on the upper two floors would face South Street to give patrons a view of downtown, the YMCA’s filing says.

The medical office building would be a “traditional design that reflects older buildings directly across the street.”

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis declined to provide Property Lines a project cost or estimated construction date.

“We continue to work with community leaders and volunteers to raise the money necessary to begin construction, with groundbreaking dependent upon our success in that endeavor,” the not-for-profit said in an e-mailed statement.

The architect for the project is Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects.

If the development is built, it would be the third YMCA in downtown. The other two are located in the Athenaeum and in the Indy Bike Hub at City Market.

The Metropolitan Development Commission’s Regional Center Hearing Examiner was set to hear the plans Thursday morning.

Because the site is within the Regional Center overlay district, the project needs to comply with Regional Center Urban Design guidelines and requires initial approval by the city’s hearing examiner.

Developed by Buckingham Cos., CityWay includes the 157-room hotel, 320 apartments and 40,000 square feet of existing retail space. The retail space has been slow to lease so far and has attracted just two tenants—Orange Leaf and Qdoba.

 

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  • Medical Office
    I like the idea of the medical office. For those that work downtown, it means being out for 30-60 minutes for a visit, rather than taking a half-day of PTO from work.
  • GO!
    Very cool. Hurry up and build it already!
  • Time for Lilly To Step Up To Support Its Taxpayer Funded Deal
    This YMCA was presented as the anchor tenant for this City Way development and used as justification for the city to fully fund development of these Lilly parking lots after all private banks/equity investors declined. There is no doubt Lilly got a sweet deal in this arrangement. Now Lilly Corp, Endowment or Foundation needs to quickly step up and get this done on its own dime before this development flounders
  • why contrive the east building
    looks fine a good, but why add a 'token' 1900's looking building at the east end? Looks contrived and weird, out of place and maybe trying too hard to emulate the north side of street. With all of modern Cityway and the Y...why perform after the fact tokenism?
    • complain...
      People complain that there aren't enough developments with traditional architecture, now when they propose it, someone complains.
      • not really complaint
        Scott, if the effort was real, why not make the entire 2 story section to the east look like the old 1900's building facades, then it would make a statement, and not appear as a patronizing last minute effort.
      • Better
        This looks better than a lot of what Browning Day has been doing recently. And I don't even mind the east end building. Hope it gets built soon.
      • 3 YMCA's downtown???
        Ummm, do we really need 3 YMCA's within a couple miles of each other? I think the medical building would be great for employees downtown, but then again there is plenty of vacant space for this if a hospital/health care group wants to be down there. As for the Y, I am a member but it does not make sense that a 3rd Y is needed downtown. There surely could be better use of this space, especially with this are starting to grow.
        • YMCA
          "3 YMCAs" isn't quite accurate because the 2 existing ones are not full-service (no lap pool, only cardio and weights). I believe the proposed Y would be the first full-service Y and health club downtown, which is much needed in order to attract more people to live downtown. NIFs doesn't have a lap pool and the NAT, which does, isn't really a health club in my opinion. Downtown needs this and a better grocery store (on its way) to attract people who are active to live downtown.
        • Ben
          Neither of the other Y's currently downtown are adequately equipped. This one new YMCA could easily replace either or both of the other two and I think it's a GREAT use of space. This facility would actually convince me to join the Y, the other two combined do not.
        • Thanks!
          Thanks for including the name of the architecture firm! Keep up the good work.
        • Racquet Ball?
          Not including a racquet ball court in this huge build would be such a missed opportunity.
        • What???
          Low rise buildings in the CBD are a JOKE!!! This looks likes something that would be built out in Avon (no offense, yes OFFENSE).
        • Y
          How about a small sporting goods store in this space?

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