Board eyes building near Lucas Oil

June 6, 2008
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Easterday propertyThe Capital Improvement Board likely will buy one-story building across the street from the new Lucas Oil Stadium. The board has an option to purchase the Easterday property, which it has been leasing for storage during the construction of the stadium, and is scheduled to consider exercising the option at a meeting Monday. Barney Levengood, the board's executive director, would not discuss specific plans for the property, saying he prefers to share plans with the board first. The city already controls a parking lot to the north, and the state is in the process of taking a 2.3-acre site to the east through eminent domain. In the short term, most of the land likely would be used for surface parking. What would you like to see as a long-term plan?
  • At some point in the future, the city will be looking again to expand the convention center. Why not maintain this site as parking for future cc expansion?
  • Well, Cory, I think you've kind of hit the nail on the head. I think we do need to see a long-term plan there. Sure, the Regional Center Plan was adopted several years back, but conditions have changed dramatically since the adoption of that plan. I can't see why DMD wouldn't be considering a stadium area plan as an immediate need. I guess the philosophy is that LOS's construction woudl justify some pretty major deviations from the Plan, but I'd like to see a plan that addresses uses (of course), urban form, massing, streetscape, signage, etc. that would be specific to the stadium area.
  • I don't think any site in this area should be maintained as parking. If parking is so necessary (and I don't think it is), it can be integrated with other, mixed-use structures; however, no particular parcel should be earmarked for parking.
  • There are already plenty of parking lots within walking distance of the stadium.. Hell, there are too many surface parking lots downtown!
  • Hey guys, if we build on this site and don't maintain it for expansion of the cc, there will be no place for them to grow! I agree that parking is not the ultimate or desireable solution, but, as it has been suggested, would smart planning not recommend it?
  • The parking problem for the new stadium has not been solved by providing parking at the state garage several blocks away.

    These surrounding properties should be considered for multi-level parking either above or preferably underground with complementary retail or multi-use development above ground.

    Another possibility is a multi-modal transportation hub (bus, taxi, limo, rental car) connected with light rail to the new airport.
  • Great place for a 10min oil lube shop
  • I would like to see the Capital Improvement Board capitalize on this massive PUBLIC project (Lucas Oil Stadium) and create the vision for a new downtown district in the area surrounding the stadium.

    Ideally, the vision would propose high-density mixed-use development (as there may be less resistence in this area towards high density development given the current land use is largely industrial). Any development should incorporate uses complementary to the stadium (ie. housing, entertainment, office, alternative transportation, public space for pre-event gatherings).

    I encourage the City and/or Capital Improvement Board to think more in terms of the return on investment for this tax-payer funded stadium project and put our tax dollars to better use. We simply cannot accept building an isolated stadium structure in the downtown core and not consider how it can serve as a redevelopment tool for the surrounding area. There are many examples around the nation/world of how stadiums have been used to spur redevelopment and in some cases, spur entirely new neighborhoods. Indianapolis does not need to copy what has been done, but we do need to understand the potential and create a vision for the area that promotes best land-use guidelines.
  • How big can the CC get before it's too sprawled out to be useful? Wouldn't it need to expand upward, rather than outward, at some point?

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