City selling Martindale land

August 1, 2007
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For SaleCity officials are seeking bids to redevelop 7.5 acres northeast of downtown in the Martindale neighborhood. The property is the old Ertel Manufacturing plant at 2045 Dr. Andrew J. Brown Ave. The minimum purchase price is $548,000, and the land is designated for industrial or commercial development. The city plans to foot the $1.4 million cost of demolishing the existing buildings. Bids are due Aug. 15. What else is going on in this neighborhood?
  • This is great news! I not very familiar with this neighborhood, however, anytime I hear that people are trying to spruce up an existing neighborhood instead of spreading further out into the 'burbs it makes me happy.
  • The Martindale on the Monon residential re-development is happening along the Monon Trail from 16th up to 22nd St. That's just a few blocks west of Dr. Andrew J. Brown Ave.

    Just northeast of the site is the Keystone Enterprise Park, which was cleared and redeveloped over the past ten years or so.
  • I'm not sure what will work here. It'll be interesting to see what is proposed. I can't see anything but industrial working here - a retail or office project wouldn't work. I really don't think what this neighborhood needs is another industrial building (especially at this specific location), but at least the city is trying... I just don't agree with the approach.
  • This has been a long fought process by the Brownfields redevelopment team at the City of Indianapolis and they should be commended for their efforts to clean up a site dirtied by one of the worst polluters in the city.

    Let's just see if a development team can be as creative as the city with its plan for redevelopment!
  • I hope the city has given the community the plans on what is being planned for the area........and is the min. bid price somewhat high for this area?
  • Too bad the Brownfields redevelopment team at the City can't work on other important areas at the same time. When asked (at a B-fields summit some time ago) about its plans for the abandoned foundry and factory sites on the city's southwest side (Tibbs Avenue; Bridgeport Brass and Chrysler Foundry, etc.) they had no answer and seemed to be completely clueless about the area's challenges (some of which are ongoing with the old Reilly pollution and continuing environmental violations). What about the risks that threaten the Central State Hospital property? Underground tanks, unmarked human remains sites which don't warrant being given the respect that cemeteries are accorded? The same development team that is doing residential development of Martindale/Brightwood ala Fall Creek Place is doing the CSH deal.
  • The efforts in redeveloping Ertel are to be commended! I am a resident
    in the neighborhood and could not be happier about the recent demolition
    and clean-up of Ertel. The neighborhood can rest easier, that is for sure.
    Indy Observer, this is a big City with a number of sites that require a great deal
    of attention. It is unfortunate. However, take a look at There is no
    Brownfields Redevelopment Team. Maybe I am reading it wrong but it looks
    like one person is running the show over there. Perhaps you should ask your
    Mayor why, in a city this size, we have dedicated only enough resources to staff
    one person to handle all the brownfields.

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  1. I think the poster was being sarcastic and only posting or making fun of what is usually posted on here about anything being built in BR or d'town for that matter.

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  3. So disappointed in WIBC. This is the last straw to lose a good local morning program. I used to be able to rely on WIBC to give me good local information, news, weather and traffic on my 45 minute commute.Two incidents when I needed local, accurate information regarding severe weather were the first signs I could not now rely on WIBC. I work weekend 12 hour nights for a downtown hospital. This past winter when we had the worst snowfall in my 50 years of life, I came home on a Sunday morning, went to sleep (because I was to go back in Sunday night for another 12 hour shift), and woke up around 1 p.m. to a house with no electricity. I keep an old battery powered radio around and turned on WIBC to see what was going on with the winter storm and the roads and the power outage. Sigh. Only policital stuff. Not even a break in to update on the winter storm warning. The second weather incident occurred when I was driving home during a severe thunderstorm a few months ago. I had already gotten a call from my husband that a tornado warning was just southwest of where I had been. I turned to WIBC to find out what direction the storm was headed so I could figure out a route home, only to find Rush on the air, and again, no breaking away from this stupidity to give me information. Thank God for my phone, which gave me the warning that I was driving in an area where a tornado was seen. Thanks for nothing WIBC. Good luck to you, Steve! We need more of you and not the politics of hatred that WIBC wants to shove at us. Good thing I have Satellite radio.

  4. I read the retail roundup article and tried Burritos and Beers tonight. I'm glad I did, for the food was great. Fresh authentic Mexican food. Great seasoning on the carne asada. A must try!!! Thanks for sharing.

  5. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...