Developers pitch Meridian Street infill

October 1, 2007
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Meridian Street InfillTwo local developers have plans to replace downtown parking lots along Meridian Street with new mixed-use buildings. Jupiter Land Group, headed by restaurateur Rick Coombes, wants to build a five-story retail and condo building (shown here) between the five-story Bright Building, a recent condo conversion, and the three-story Coffin & Co. Building, home to Krieg Brothers Religious Supply. A few blocks south, Sideline Properties recently filed plans for a two-story structure with an open-air party deck on the second floor, between Crackers Comedy Club and Ice Ultra Lounge. A rendering of the project shows a Hot Box Pizza on the first floor. Developer Jim Siegel, a partner in Sideline, also is an investor in Hot Box. Check out the full story here.
  • The 5 story development is nice. Would like to see higher but it matches the surrounding building. The 2 story development I'm not fond of. Too low-rise in my opinion.
  • I like the 5-story project, but a 2-story structure in downtown? They're joking, right? Aside from it not fitting in with the height of ANYTHING around it, how can it possibly be profitable to build just 2 stories tall on downtown land?
  • I'd like to see them put in a Pink Taco next to Hot Box.

    Indy needs more quality Mexican cuisine.
  • Am I understanding the article correctly, in that the second floor of the two-story proposal would be completely be open-air, save for the facade?

    If so, that's a stretch calling it two stories. Still -- and if my interpretation is correct in the first place -- I'd think that the base structure would/could support additional floors as the future demanded it.
  • Two story structures have no place inside the main core of our CBD! There shoudl be a requirement that they all be at least 5-stories.

    As for the taller project, this is solid infill. Yes, I want to see highrises and in-your-face crane construction, but this is what Indy needs to really shore-up the street presence of our DT. Hopefully more retail starts going in outside of Circle Centre and not restaurants.
  • The 5 story infill looks nice. The faux 2 story (really, 1 story with a roof deck) doesn't sound so nice.
  • Indiana Jones, I am pretty sure the project is two stories, with a an outdoor deck either on top of the second floor or as part of the second floor. The entire second floor won't be an outdoor deck.
  • Either way it sounds like a VERY bad idea for Downtown.
  • You are correct, cityfan. Thanks.
  • i like the 5 story project. 2 stories in downtown is pretty lame, but it is better than
    a parking lot.
  • They're idiots
  • #11: If ?Rick Coombes is involved, yes, they are all idiots. Although he's called a restaruanteur in this post, he hasn't had an original idea EVER.
  • If Sideline Properties (aka Jim Siegel) is involved, BEWARE!!!
    Run away as fast as possible - nothing good will come from the project....
  • All cities have random out-of-place two-story buildings amongst the tall ones. It's not the end of the world, and it's better than a parking lot. OF COURSE, I'd like to see something way cooler, but EVERY in-fill building that goes downtown can't be spectacular.

    I think the problem is that we haven't seen even ONE 'spectacular' in-fill building yet. Does anyone know of any examples of cool in-fill buildings elsewhere? Maybe we could shoot some ideas to potential in-fillers.
  • The Maxwell will be pretty sweet infill! Won't it?
  • I can honestly say to me this project is a complete waste of space.
    It is one of those structures that will be an eyesore in a decade, and instead of trying to fit in with the two timeless buildings it sits between, it has to stick out like a sore thumb and make its apperance as a ground up bottle and spikes.
    Highrises are one thing, but 5 story infill? Can we atleast get some craftsmanship or beauty in this thing?
    Heck, I'm starting to wonder if the parking lot looks nicer than this thing.

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