Furs, golf, fitness and Whac-A-Mole

October 31, 2007
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Whac-A-MoleA couple of nuggets from recent development plans:

Making Way for Venu: Another Woodfield Centre tenant is moving to make way for redevelopment. Elan Furs has filed plans to take space in Clearwater Shoppes at 3841 E. 82nd St. The retailer will take more than 7,000 square feet and plans to open in January.

A Golfing Mecca: Another chain golf shop is planning a store for the Castleton corridor. Texas-based Golf Etc. has filed plans for a location from 3853-3857 E. 82nd St., near Dean Road. The chain, which has 65 franchise stores nationwide, is taking about 4,000 square feet. The area already is home to Golf Galaxy and Golfsmith.

Treadmill Trend: LA Fitness has filed plans for a location along Rockville Road, just east of Raceway Road. The new facility will be roughly 45,000 square feet. Also, Brickhouse Fitness filed plans to take 4,000 square feet in Eagle Creek Commons, at 6225 W. 56th St. The new center is locally owned.

New Spa Downtown: Villagio at Page Pointe is getting a spa. Body Works Day Spa has filed plans to take about 2,000 square feet in the new condo building at 435 Virginia Ave.

Whac-A-Mole. Apparently the amusement business is strong in Castleton. Chuck E. Cheese's is planning a renovation and an addition of 2,600 square feet, for "pizza and games for children and adult entertainment." Awesome.

  • Great Whac-A-Mole picture, Cory! I am SO over Chuck E. Cheese's, but love the home W-A-M game!!

    BTW, since you're talking about Clearwater, what's going/gone in where Lone Star used to be? I'm thinking everything you mentioned here is going in on the south side of 82nd, where Country Friends, Yield House, etc. were?
  • I am really excited to see that the Venu project is starting to relocate the current tenants! Hopefully they will be able to do groudbreaking on time. Does anyone know about some of the tenants that may be going into this? Or what plans with the land across 86th?
  • Maybe everyone in Indy will have six-pack abs within 5 years.
  • Good to hear a tenant is going in at the Villagio. I'm hoping the the Virginia/East/Fletcher/South intersection really takes off, there is a lot of potential there.


    Wearing fur is tacky and cruel.
  • Cory, speaking of retail, do you know if AMC has any plans to close their Clearwater Crossing cinema since AMC will be opening a new theatre in the Castleton Mall expansion? Hopefully both stay open, I'd hate to see the Clearwater cinema shutter. The northside could definately use another movie theatre anyways.
  • I think the Clearwater Theatre is going to shut down. It makes sense: Clearwater is extremely old and out-dated compared to modern ciniplexes. Also with their new theatre
  • (uh ok not all of my post made it)

    ...less than 2 miles away who would go to the old one?
  • I would. It'd be easier to park. I like that movie theatre and it's really not that old at all.
  • Clearwater Theater def shutting down

    Venu prop on N side of 86th to be fairly dense residential. Hopefully they can start at a cheaper/young urban crowd price point. If so, I'd move there in a heart beat!
  • WOW...EXCELLENT news about the Fur Company moving to make way for Venu. I really hope this thing happens as it will completely transform the Keystone/Fashion Mall Area. Why hasn'rt someone decided to construct a condo tower at Keystone at the Crossing?? I am sure that there is room around the lake there.
  • meant to say cheaper price point than the landings/renaissance bay. Those guys are friggin nuts!
  • Ivo, how do you know Clearwater is definately shutting down?

    It would be terrible for Clearwater Crossing if that movie theatre leaves. There's already that enormous vacant area where that Block Party used to be. Hopefully something works out.
  • CityFan-

    The Block Party isn't that where Music Mill is now?
  • i agree, coryw - i'm surprised condo or apt towers haven't been constructed in keystone. seems like a no-brainer and like you said, there is space around the lake to build. could even turn one of the acres of surface parking into a higher/better use with a tower (could incorporate a parking garage so no spaces would be lost)...
  • CoryW-

    The Music Mill replaced some other childrens entertainment place. Block Party is still vacant and it's behind the Clearwater Crossing stripmall (where Barnes & Nobles is). You can't see it from 86th street, so I'm sure that has a lot to do with this huge structure sitting vacant for many years.

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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

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  4. Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.

  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?