Architecture/Design

New outlook for a decrepit city neighborhood

September 11, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Just a few minutes northeast of vibrant Monument Circle lurks the most notorious graveyard of Indianapolis’ industrial heyday—at least 70 of the city’s 500 brownfields. Now planners and developers aspire to revitalize the most contaminated neighborhood in Indianapolis into a success story.
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Couple makes home in Ulen mansion built by town's founderRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Katie Maurer
The talk of the town back in 1929, the Mediterranean-style house at 118 Ulen Blvd. is now simply home for husband and wife Gary Katona and Jennifer Jones-Katona, former Indianapolis city dwellers who retreated to the quiet "town within a town" 15 years ago.
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Secretary of state candidate leaves architectural firm

July 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Vop Osili of Indianapolis-based A2SO4 is focusing full time on his run for secretary of state as the Democratic candidate.
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CSO Architects plans new headquarters in former Bally's gym

July 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The 24,000-square-foot former fitness facility at 8831 Keystone Crossing is vacant and falling into disrepair.
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Ivy Tech set to break ground on new downtown building

May 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Ivy Tech Community College is set to start new construction at a former hospital site next to its downtown Indianapolis campus.
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Glick Eye Institute designed to mesh architectural styles, ophthalmology researchers

May 8, 2010
Norm Heikens
The new home for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute that’s rising from the ground at IUPUI must do a lot of things well.
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TAYLOR: Reform will drive demand for health care facilities

May 8, 2010
Deeni Taylor
There has been a noticeable uptick in the level of health care real estate development activity this year.
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MOUNAYAR: Indianapolis should rediscover public spaces

May 8, 2010
Michel Mounayar
Too few of the city's revitalization projects are connected by attractive sidewalks, streets, gardens and plazas.
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Connector bridges gap between convention center and stadiumRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
Norm Heikens
Designers of a walkway that connects the buildings are making the experience as attractive as possible in order to overcome the psychological barrier of moving from one building to another.
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Area reaches end of an era for church constructionRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The $16.5 million worship auditorium that Northview Church in Carmel opened last month may be the last major church-related project completed in central Indiana for years. Although many projects were finished before the recession, churches, which usually pay for much of construction in cash, struggled to collect pledges.
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Engeledow Group acquires estate landscaper

March 29, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Engledow Group, one of the Indianapolis area's largest landscape companies, has acquired Litchfield Landscape Co. to bolster its estates division.
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Law firm adds historic home to campusRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Scott Olson
Plews Shadley Racher & Braun has finished a careful restoration of the Eden-Talbott House, continuing a strategy of shunning glass and steel.
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First hotel in downtown Marriott complex to open doors

February 2, 2010
Scott Olson
The Fairfield Inn & Suites on West Washington Street downtown will open Wednesday. The hotel is the first of four comprising the 1,600-room Marriott Place project to welcome guests.
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Ball State to offer new degree at downtown Indianapolis campus

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The master of urban planning degree offered downtown will use the city as an urban laboratory.
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City strengthens building-permit process

October 14, 2009
Scott Olson
The pre-permit review could add nearly three weeks to the current permitting process
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Building information modeling replacing computer-aided designRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Scott Olson
Architects, engineers, contractors and others in the design-build industry hope building information modeling will cut waste. The technology allows more detailed viewing of projects before they move to construction.
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ZEIGLER: Downtown deserves better design

September 5, 2009
Connie Zeigler
Downtown Indianapolis has a housing problem. I am not referring to the abandoned and foreclosed homes that blight many of our neighborhoods. This is a problem of new, prominent construction projects that are out of place in our built environment.
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Ivy Tech saving facade for classroom building

August 27, 2009
Cory Schouten
Ivy Tech Community College plans to save the facade of a historic former hospital along Fall Creek Parkway and build a new 150,000-square-foot academic building behind it.
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Local contractor lands project for the president

August 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based architectural and engineering firm RW Armstrong will provide design and project management services for the Presidential Helicopter Squadron, a 65,000-square-foot hangar complex being built at a Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va.
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Recession slows the creation of a self-contained Boone County communityRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Creating a self-contained community on 1,700 acres of farmland could take much longer than the 15 to 20 years Duke Realty Corp. predicted.
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Flaherty selected to revitalize Barton, Lugar tower sitesRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Locally based Flaherty & Collins Properties plans to build retail and residential space on land that surrounds two downtown public housing towers.
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Grad students dream up plans for mass transitRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Architecture and urban design students from Ball State have created a vision for urban renewal that is arguably more compelling than the Central Indiana Regional Transit Authority's principal, utilitarian goal of reducing northeast-side highway congestion and air pollution by running a diesel commuter train atop the old Nickel Plate Railroad corridor.
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White River trail will weave in storiesRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
NINebark, a landscaping architectural firm, is making six large storyboards so that users of the planned White River Greenway will learn about the area's industrial history.
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Tobias Theater renovation is new model for environmentally sensitive constructionRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Sam Stall
The 600-seat Randall L. and Marianne W. Tobias Theater (nicknamed The Toby) is arguably the greenest facility of its kind in the nation.
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IMA's new design store bucks frugality trend

March 2, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art's Design Center opened last October as a complement to the museum's 20th century design collection, which curator R. Craig Miller expects to grow exponentially.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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