City selling more Central State land

May 1, 2007
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
A development team that bought 115 acres at the former site of Central State Hospital may soon buy another 33 acres from the city, at a cost of $223,500. Sound cheap? Mike Higbee, president of Development Concepts Inc. and one of the buyers, said the price reflects a need to clear the land and address environmental issues before development. "It's certainly not a gift," he said. His development team, which also includes Charles Garcia of GM Construction Inc., is planning between 200 and 300 single-family residences and 20-30 acres of commercial space for the property at the corner of West Washington Street and Tibbs Avenue. The Metropolitan Development Commission could approve the sale tomorrow. The first chunk of land sold for $1.45 million.
ADVERTISEMENT
  • The environmental concerns probably include bones and other bodies that were dumped on that land many many years ago. I think this will be a great project if it is done right. Are they planning on making it a community like West Clay or even like Fall Creek with a mix of commercial and real-estate, or just another conglomerate of houses?
  • The developers haven't filed a site plan yet, so it's hard to tell. But I get the sense the project will feature mainly single-family homes, park land and a commercial component.
  • please, please make this a destination! i get nervous at the thought of teardowns (enough history has been unfortunately torn down there) and not-dense-enough development. this could be an absolute gem if done right with a solid/creative (did i just say that about an indy real estate development?) use of the land. mid-rise and single-family (think of the skyline views that could be embraced or wasted), multi-story retail/condos and park space. maybe a community center or an area for local art? i'm eagerly waiting for this project to unfold!
  • Speaking as someone who works in this area, many issues need to be addressed. This area desperately needs retail, affordable housing, and restaurants which appeal to low, working and middle class families. Also, acknowledge the historic nature of the land and dedicate/address signage to explain it's significance. The growing population in this are is Hispanic. Keep the soccer fields and parks and expand the recreation areas which the Hispanic neighbors fully utilize. Also, give incentive to property owners and landlords in this area to update, renovate and improve current housing to compliment the land development.
  • I absolutely agree with you Jim. In addition to development concerns, I hope they make an attempt to save some of the HUGE trees on that lot, particularly the grove in the center of the property. It could be left as a smaller version of Military Park, or developed as a kind of town square with retail lining the edges.
  • Cory, do you ever send any of these comments to the actual developer or to the people involved with whatever blog you post. It would be a waste of all of our time and comments if you don't submit these great ideas! IBJ has a strong backing of intellectual, well connected people. If the developers aren't reading this blog, which my guess would be they don't have the time, then someone needs to let them know. Will that be you?
  • Mike, you raise a great question. My sense is the developers appreciate feedback and discussion like this as much as anyone. Hopefully they'll check in regularly and join the conversation. I'm open to other ideas, too.

Post a comment to this blog

COMMENTS POLICY
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
ADVERTISEMENT
  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

ADVERTISEMENT