New life at 71st and Binford

November 8, 2007
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The once-blighted corner of 71st Street and Binford Boulevard continues to attract redevelopment attention, thanks in large part to the efforts of neighborhood group Binford Redevelopment And Growth, or BRAG. KrogerDevelopers plan to break ground next week on a $12-million Kroger-anchored shopping center at the intersection's northwest corner. And Starbucks has filed plans for the intersection's southeast corner.

The details: The 86,000-square-foot Kroger will replace an old CVS and Sullivan's Hardware. A shopping center next door (shown here) will get a complete makeover. A new Maaco auto paint shop behind the center will replace an old car wash. And a Kroger fuel center will replace an abandoned Burger King. At the intersection's southeast corner, youth fitness center PowerKidz is slated to open this weekend in a renovated strip center that now has an Entenmann's Bakery, George's Restaurant and Bar and Shadeland Flower. That center also will be getting a Great Clips and a Sprint. A new CVS and Fifth Third bank opened this year. Developers include Landmark Properties and Douglas Realty Advisors.

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  • great news!
  • And George's is a great place to eat -- lunch or dinner.
  • Is this the same George's that used to be in the strip mall that Venu will replace?
  • Thundermutt,
    That is what I assumed, but I was told that it is not. Upscale decor, broader menu, and locally owned. It's a hit with the neighborhood. Seems there's a bar on one side with tv's, but family dining, too.
  • I work in the area and grew up nearby. It is definately making huge strides. Ate lunch today at Moveable Feast (a very tasty, high-quality deli style lunch spot. I recommend it highly), but I noticed 2 wrecking crew trucks in the parking lot so it appears the work is about to pick up a bit. Long overdue, but I believe it was poor ownership that let the buildings and occupancy degrade. Ace moved out, which was actually a win-win because they rebuilt on Keystone and freed up the building to be demolished. Will be a hot spot for the area once built. And of course it would be an intersection in America without Starbucks getting a foothold there. I have heard a Dunkin' Donuts was going in, any truth to that???

    The George's is not the same as the steakhouse off 86th, but it is pretty good. Nice bar, good food, cool atmosphere.

    The surrounding area is a great place to live and work. Ivy Hills, Avalon Hills, Devonshire, the neigborhoods along Allisonville and to the West. Close to Keystone and Castleton, great access and heavy traffic count will make this an attractive area for some time. Nice to see it making a rebound.

    Also check out G.T. Souths Bar-B-Que on 71st. Best in the city. Also try La Hacienda is pretty good, cheap, quick mexican.
  • Awesome, this area is a dump.. I just wish the Drum Center wasn't gone :(
  • In regards to XLI's comments, previous articles in the Star and IBJ, along with conversations I have had with owners of the businesses still in the area have said that the owners have been working on making this happen for several years, so they've been allowing the leases to expire and not be replaced in order to allow all of this to happen.
  • Benjamin, that intersection WAS an eyesore, but the AREA was not. And your reference to the area in the present tense ignores the major renovations on the Southeast Corner. A brand new strip center and shops is a major upgrade and Van Ausdall & Farrar's new building up the street is pretty nice as well so dump status might not be accurate. Check out the neighborhoods around there and you will quickly see that there is a lot of money in the area and thousands of residents that wanted to see the Retail/Commercial area catch up to the Residential.

    The Drum Center still exists (I think), but as an online retailer. I agree, I'm a drummer as well and bought my first 2 kits from there.

    Shawn, I believe there is more to it than that. If I am not mistaken, I think there was a death somewhere in the ownership of that strip center. Yes, the leases were allowed to expire, but the ownership was one of the major factors in the degradation of that northwestern parcel. We dealt closely with a few of the businesses and they didn't exactly have great things to say about their landlord(s). I'd need to verify that, but some time ago a death/change of hands took place that resulted in the downward trend. Nice to see it on its way back.
  • The Drum Center closed their store front? Good that they still exist online, but that drum store was one of the best I've ever come across. If nothing else, it's rare to find a drums-only music store these days. I was already well-stocked with equipment before I moved to Indy, so I only went there a couple times for little things. Sad that the store is gone.
  • I'm surprised that Starbucks isn't going on the west side of 37, where it can get all the morning inbound commuters. I really thought they would go on that northwest corner, near the old Burger King.
  • XLI, that's the same thing I heard about the ownership. I was a regular customer of the barber shop there for a long time, and they've never had good things to say about the landlord. The roof leaked, and the heat didn't work so they had to use space heaters in the winter. The whole NW corner formerly had a total of about 20 different owners, each seemingly in competition to be more irresponsible than the others.
  • This is EXACTLY what Indy needs in the other decrepit strip centers across town! Hopefully, this just stirs more efforts like this ESPECIALLY along Michigan Rd. between 86th & 42nd Streets. That would be real nice!
  • This is my new hood!!! I bought a house at Kessler and Binford in June and am very happy with my choice! The neighborhood is easily accessible, in a great location and nearly all of the homes in the area are well-maintained. This development is going to be a great addition as the closest and most convenient grocer right now is Omailia's and I just hate paying their prices!
  • I commend the work of BRAG and would like to go on record as saying that I think that they should focus next on the intersection of Kessler, Emerson Way, and 56th Street. That node could use some landscaping, new street lights and trees, and a development overlay. The area has a number of commericl buisiness that caters to the immediate area and has a village mixed-use feel.
  • I am very proud of my neighborhood for taking such an active role in the revitilization of this area. The new strip with George's is GREAT and now I can't wait for the new Kroger. My wife and I have been looking forward to the day someone would see the potential in the area! Glad we bought our first home where we did!

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