Owners of doomed Di Rimini ready to present new design

October 31, 2013
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The long-awaited plans to improve upon the gaudy design of the ill-fated Di Rimini apartment project are beginning to take shape.

733 standard 225pxThe new owners of the building, local restaurateur Mike Cunningham and contractor Patrick Heitz, are ready to present their design to the Indianapolis Regional Center Hearing Examiner.

“We’re going to start demolition as soon as we get the proper permitting,” Heitz said.

That should be welcome news to local design aficionados who jeered the building’s look.

On top of that, city officials halted the project three years ago because of numerous code violations.

Cunningham and Heitz purchased the vacant 31-unit complex at 733 N. Capitol Ave. in late March from Louisville-based Stock Yards Bank & Trust for $700,000. The bank had taken ownership of the building last year after foreclosing on a $2.8 million loan to the original developer.

The pair plan to spend about $1.5 million on upgrades and are simply calling the complex “733” in a nod to its street address.

The architect on the project is HCO Inc.

  • Much better
    This looks MUCH better than the previous proposals to fix this mess. Bravo to Mike Cunningham, who continues to do great things downtown!!
  • Mesh
    Mesh on Capitol?
  • better...
    I have to say, it's much better than before. I could actually start to like this building. This corner could really start to take shape with the 800 Capitol project across the street. Good job making something out of nothing.
  • Not...
    Same old "new" architecture we see all over town. looks cheap.
  • Tear it down and start over
    My favorite word in this story is "demolition."
  • Demolition?
    Demolition implies that the existing structure will be raised and this represents a new structure. Is that the case? I don't think so given that the overall shape remains the same.
  • Demo does not equal Raze
    To those that are wondering and commenting the building will not be completely torn down. If the entire structure was removed the term would be raze or complete demolition. If you look at the current building and the latest rendering (in the article above) you'll notice that they will only be doing a partial demo. It appears they'll be removing and replacing the entire outer skin. The will not, however, be changing the overall shape, scale, or size of the structure underneath. Think of this as a rehab of an existing building.
  • 1973
    1973 called and said it wants its' architectural style back. (It also want's it back from City Way, and the Indystar building renovation.)
  • Improvement
    This definitely is an improvement from the original design. Hopefully the City learned a lesson from this project. The City is not that disperate to allow unsightly structures to be built within the core. We should be beyond this.

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