Indy developers, out-of-town deals

May 23, 2008
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Check out a few of the projects local developers are working on outside Indy:

Eddy Street CommonsKite Realty Group broke ground this week on Eddy Street Commons, a mixed-use village adjacent to the campus of Notre Dame in South Bend. The 24-acre project calls for 90,000 square feet of retail, 268 apartments, 75,000 square feet of office space and a 1,300-space parking garage. Kite also plans to build condos based on market demand and two Marriott hotels in partnership with White Lodging Services Corp.

Bradley CenterLauth, meanwhile, is planning a giant mixed-use center next to Bradley Center, home of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. The concept calls for more than 500,000 square feet of retail on 12 acres. The multi-level development also has a parking garage and space for dining and entertainment venues. Future phases of the project could include high-rise office, hotel or residential towers.

  • The Lauth project is a good example of how Kite should develop Pan Am plaza. Probably not quite as big, but generally the same idea.
  • I couldnt agree more. That Milwaukee rendering pissed me off. Its very good. It seems like the developers say, oh Indy.. lets put something cheap and mediocre in there bc we know we can get away with it. Its rediculous we settle for projects like Villagio(sp?) and the proposal for Pan Am. Hopefully the siteplan for Pan Am changes, I swear if they fill those prime parcels with 1 story buildings, im going to chain myself to the fountain in protest. =)
  • haha and after ranting, I realize Kite is not developing that milwaukee mixed use center. Hell even the eddy street commons is going to have more density than the pan am project. I love all of this development popping up in our city, I just wish the projects were more architecturally significant. These mediocre suburban designs are the reason everyone outside of Indiana is pissed off that we got the super bowl. They keep saying Indiana-no-place, maybe with SoDo and the other cool projects, our reputation will be raised.
  • What Laught is plannign should be what should be done for SODo do it in phases but plan and build for the future.
  • All the wannabe developers and architects (or architectural critics) should be happy development is happening in Indy and Marion County at all.
  • neilpennies writes, All the wannabe developers and architects (or architectural critics) should be happy development is happening in Indy and Marion County at all.

    This comment is representative of a general mentality of people in Indianapolis that needs to change. We have to raise our expectations and standards when it comes to the built environment.

    If you are one to think architecture and design doesn't matter, think about how you recognize any city? When you look at photos of Indy, how do you know it's Indy? Every city is characterized by its buildings in one way or another.

    Indianapolis is a great city with a lot to offer, yet many of us still seem to struggle with an inferiority complex. This mentality must change in order for developers (local or otherwise) to begin to see Indianapolis in a new light and start to offer more inspired development.
  • AMEN KEVIN, let us start to progress with high standards. We have great assets in terms of old structures, however our new buildings do not cut it compared to other cities. We have the canal, monument, war memorials, cultural trail, and lots of great historic buildings. Now lets build the future.
  • I agree with some of the earlier comments regarding the PanAm Plaza. What a disappointment to go from a planned mixed use 42 story building to a proposed non-descript 'food court' type development. It will be up to Metropolitan Plan, Zoning or the like to deny permits for sub par use of center city property.
  • neilpennies,

    I can really only speak for myself, but no one that posts here is a wannabe developer or architect. For example, I'm quite satisfied at the moment with my career as a graphic designer.

    Those who you label wannabes are actually intelligent, forward-thinking, informed and concerned citizens who understand the kind of impact that the built environment of a city has on its residents and tourists.

    Stating that people should be happy development is happening in Indy and Marion County at all is ridiculous. Of course developments are happening in Indy, this is a thriving, growing community that has just begun to reap the benefits of a decades-long reinvestment in its downtown.

    That is why we are concerned with the Pan Am Plaza project. We want to protect and preserve the investment that has been put into our downtown. We want to see it improved, not dragged down by some lackluster, quick-buck project.
  • Have you ever been driving down a street with well kept house’s and yards? Then there that ONE older farm type house with the L porch. The columns’ have been removed for unpainted treated 4x4 post, the windows have been replaced with ones about a 3rd the size of the originals. The whole house as been covered with Yellow Vinyl siding and trimmed in BROWN paint and the front yard has 2 big pin wheel cut, white washed tractor tires with pansies planted in them. And then surrounded in a 6 foot UNSTAINED, UNEVEN wood fence with alternating signs saying 'beware of dog' & 'private property keep out'

    That would be neilpennies HOUSE.

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  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

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  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.