Office building getting a new look

December 29, 2008
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A four-story building at Washington and Delaware streets downtown is getting a full makeover. The 11,000-square-foot property is being marketed to retail users for the first floor and office for the other three. No tenants have committed yet, said Harvey Levin of Coldwell Banker, the listing agent. Like the new look?
146-148 E. Washington St.146-148 E. Washington St. current
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  • Good re-design of this building. It is great to see a local firm finally bringing quality contemporary design to Indy.
  • Appears to be a quality upgrade for this property. More good news for Washington Street!
  • Will the palm readings get an upgrade as well? :)
  • Yeah sure.

    Now if they could only fill in the rest of the empty storefronts and parking lot in this stretch.

    It's progress.
  • WOOOW Exciting news. I wonder what they will do with that white suv?? Will they remove it and put in a hot dog stand?
  • Thank you Cory! This is exactly what I was asking about. :)
  • FINALLY! I have been patiently waiting for this story to break. Washington Street is moving ahead, but the area from the new 65/70 interchange to the CCb needs some SERIOUS attention, especially with that now being the front door to downtown
  • I would love to see more street level retail along this strip. Haus has a good design track record in and around downtown. Hope to see more from them...
  • Looks good. Glad to see redevelopment continue to spread down Washington st. Hopefully they paint over the massive graffiti thats been on the side for 2 years.
  • There's a three-block-long hole that won't be filled anytime soon, occupied by the CCB, MSA Gravel Parking, and Bank One Operations Center Fortress. The south side of the street in that stretch is similarly bleak.

    Let's just hope for a fill up between Delaware and Meridian for now. Maybe Cory's boss will invest in some prime real estate across the street from his HQ, a la Angie's List?
  • The design is better than what is currently there but I don't think it's that great. It looks the same except with a few extra elements. It isn't that much change.
    That area has multiple historic structures and empty lots in need of restoration/redevelopment.
  • Why ruin a perfectly good mid-century modern building front?
  • Very interesting to see continued spec redevelopment downtown. Again, kudos to Indy for this in a tough economy.

    I'm with thunder. The original mid-century design is a classic. The ground floor needed improvements, but I don't believe the entire facade needed changing. Indy actually has a solid collection of mid-century modern homes and commercial structures. It would be sad if they all ended up ruined by redevelopment. One day we might end up looking back and going Holy cow! How did we get rid of all those buildings.

    Who designed this? It looks vaguely Ratio-esque. The new design isn't bad itself. I note the use of offset windows which makes me think they are going a little for the Allen Plaza / Irwin Mortgage effect. Could this be another signature design element of the city? We'll see.
  • nice look.
  • like it
  • The new design is by the guys at HAUS, a fantastic group of local architects and designers.

    http://www.haus-arch.com
  • Urbanophile, you have some excellent points.
    However, due to the dramatic differences of classic and modern architecture how do we know that they will have the same fate?
  • Here is what the structure's original facade looked like(just left of the corner building.)

    http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/dc012&CISOPTR=9006&CISOBOX=1&REC=15
  • Just saw this post, but good news. Anything that can be done to keep the positive momentum in that part of downtown is great news.

    What's the latest with MSA and whatever that old building is on the corner of East and Washington? I believe it's an old Chase structure.

    Level them both and put up a Target! Yep, I'm asking for a retail chain giant to go into downtown...bring it! :)

    Also what about the Cocoa-Cola bottling buidling (bus depot) on Mass Ave?

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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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