Farewell, Eastgate parking lots

December 11, 2007
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Here's the Lifeline Data Centers site plan for its reuse of the old Eastgate Consumer Mall. What do you think of the lake and walking trails?

Lifeline at Eastgate

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  • are those walking trails?
  • Yes. I'll add that to the post.
  • Finally~ It is time that the city recognize the dilapidated buildings and spaces within Indianapolis that need redevelopment, not just taking up vacant land to develop more big box stores.... Forever, it seemed, that all I was hearing about was Clay Terrace, Metropolis and now the new development in Noblesville.
    Thank you Indianapolis and welcome to the Eastside, Lifeline Data Centers.
    What an appropriate name...

    Sincerely,
    Irvington Resident Jen Short
  • Cory, The big-box in the upper right hand corner is not the former Cub Foods / Gold's Gym. I believe it is a new structure proposed for the site. As a point of reference, the former General Cinema and First Indiana bank are in the lower left hand corner.

    As for the lake, walking trails, and new building(s) - even with this being a very conceptual site plan, I would like to see the facility have a more outward focus or awareness. Maybe move the walking trails to the Shortridge side, allowing everyone to use them and connecting the YMCA on Shortridge and the Gold's Gym. And then the new structure(s) to be placed in an outlot or two along Shadeland to provide a fresh face along one of the City's older commercial / industrial corridors.

    Quite a turnaround for a building best know for Old-Fashion Days.
  • Sorry about that, Dale. I'm a little turned around.
  • This appears to be a northeast bird's-eye view from a point above the intersection of Washington and Shadeland. Gold's Gym would be just out of the bottom left-center of the view, and the former Builder's Square (now Cisco warehouse) is at the top right. I agree with Dale, there appears to be a massive new structure to the south of Cisco along Shortridge Rd.

    I also agree that maybe the lake and walking trails should be on the Shortridge Rd. side instead of an earthen berm with trees on top (as illustrated). No one is likely to use those trails on the Shadeland side.
  • more outward focus or awareness - c'mon, it's a data center, it's supposed to be as secure as Fort Knox. Good Lord, we're so happy out here to have SOMEthing going in, if they just kept it as-is but secured the area (like the city won't do) we'd be 10x better off.

    So welcome, Lifeline. First customer is Washington Mutual, whose stock is biting it today, so hope that doesn't mess things up.
  • *snore*
  • (Forgive me for feeding the troll who should have been blocked by now)

    But Dustin, are you also a subscriber to the IBJ?

    And Jen, the project you mentioned are quite large and quite worthy, but just south of Fall Creek Parkway on the west side of Keystone Ave., is the former Ayr-Way-Mainscape-complex where a multi-story office has been added. More proof that older areas of the city can support employment centers where retail is no longer king.
  • Yes Dustin, you are.......
  • Dufustin,

    No, we don't think you should jump up and down, how about just going away. If you don't have something positive to say, just say nothing. This is a great development for this side of the city, and your crass stupidity is uncalled for.
  • So, Simon has given up on Lafayette Scare Mall? That place just needs to be torn down. What a dump!
  • I'm excited for this project! First Gold's Gym and now the whole thing is getting
    a facelift! MUCH needed!
  • berwitchguy:

    It's comforting to know that you are speaking for the people of Indianapolis. I had no idea you were THAT much of an ardent ambassador for the city of boring development in blighted areas. Regarding your last comment toward my crass stupidity, I'm puzzled to find out what your real problem is? Do you have a radical predicament when it comes to understanding that there are contradictory opinions? As far as I am aware, I am allowed to express my ideas on here. At least I am not being abusive or disparaging to anyone personally. I am simply expressing my viewpoints on certain things I find rather vapid. You should figure not everyone agrees with your conjectures. Have a great day! :)
  • Rocky -- Who knows what Simon has in store for Lafayette Square, but I'm sure they'll be keeping a close eye on what the new Wal-Mart does for it in the short term. Speaking of which, that's scheduled to open soon, right?
  • Dustin:

    Snore is not an opinion. It is a state of mind. And, in that state, one is not in a position to express anything. The opinions stated here by various individuals are rather obvious in that this is an improvement in an area that needs help. Granted, it's not exciting, but it is a step in the right direction. Again, if you have nothing to offer in a positive manner, then just avoid making your crass comments.
  • I think that this will help to uplift an area that has been battered with problems. Congrats for lifting this section of the city.
  • Where is it coming?
    It is now 2012 and they have done none of this. When do they expect to have this done?
    • something happening
      Well, I don't think the walking trails & lake are going to ever exist, but something is happening over there! They had to modify the plan to allow for parking for the police facility (I'll take that!). They've got the whole place walled off. Anyone have more information?

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