Renovation planned for former Buick showroom

September 30, 2009
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Builder and developer Shiel Sexton is renovating an historic former Buick showroom that most recently served as a self-storage facility into LEED-certified office space. The 1923 building at 1302 N. Meridian St. over the years has served as a car dealership, department store and a business furniture company. Locally based August Mack Environmental in December will take most of the third floor, moving from the Lexington building, another Shiel renovation, one block to the south. Colliers Turley Martin Tucker is handling leasing.

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  • That's a very handsome streetlight at the corner.
  • I hope they do a similar job as done to the old Lexington Dealership. It would be nice to see it look like the old photo. Back when auto sales facilities were fancy.
  • What would be really cool would be for a developer to start a trend for these old auto facilities. Find a Buick sign from the era for the building and also put a 20's restored Buick under lights in the front of the building. Ok, probably not realistic, but what a trend it could start!
    • That is exactly what they did at the Lexington Showroom on North Meridian. They had several Lexington signs and ads and they had several Lexingtons from the 20's on display. After it was sold, I am not sure they have kept them or not.
    • Very good reuse project - and very good for the corridor!
    • Funny thing: picture shows that 85 years ago DPW was sticking lampposts in the middle of sidewalk ramps. Hope Shiel avoids doing that bit of historic restoration.
    • Excellent news. I always thought that the self-storage was a wasteful use of a great building. I love the idea that BerwickGuy mentioned. That could be super cool!
    • Sandra Jarvis is also super cool and does super cool work!
    • Everybody wish Cory a Happy Birthday!
    • Wow! At least they had ramps to sidewalks back then. Doesn't seem to occur anymore wihtout us having to rip up the corner.

      Happy B-Day Cory! Thanks for all the work you put into this blog!
    • Not exactly sure that is a ramp. It is hard to tell from the picture. It kind of looks like it is an illusion. It definitely is not a handicap ramp. They did not have those then. Handicap were not accomodated back then.
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      • You can't run for mayor by replying to blog posts. You have to get a website and actually lay out your platform. Its basically free. But hey, don't worry about me...I'm sure you'll do fine.
      • Thundermutt, your eyes are failing you. If you look closely at the picture, you will see the lamp post is most definitely NOT in the middle of the sidewalk ramp; rather, it is next to it. Most definitely infrastructure was better designed, built, and maintained 85 years ago than it is today.
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      1. I am so impressed that the smoking ban FAILED in Kokomo! I might just move to your Awesome city!

      2. way to much breweries being built in indianapolis. its going to be saturated market, if not already. when is enough, enough??

      3. This house is a reminder of Hamilton County history. Its position near the interstate is significant to remember what Hamilton County was before the SUPERBROKERs, Navients, commercial parks, sprawling vinyl villages, and acres of concrete retail showed up. What's truly Wasteful is not reusing a structure that could still be useful. History isn't confined to parks and books.

      4. To compare Connor Prairie or the Zoo to a random old house is a big ridiculous. If it were any where near the level of significance there wouldn't be a major funding gap. Put a big billboard on I-69 funded by the tourism board for people to come visit this old house, and I doubt there would be any takers, since other than age there is no significance whatsoever. Clearly the tax payers of Fishers don't have a significant interest in this project, so PLEASE DON'T USE OUR VALUABLE MONEY. Government money is finite and needs to be utilized for the most efficient and productive purposes. This is far from that.

      5. I only tried it 2x and didn't think much of it both times. With the new apts plus a couple other of new developments on Guilford, I am surprised it didn't get more business. Plus you have a couple of subdivisions across the street from it. I hope Upland can keep it going. Good beer and food plus a neat environment and outdoor seating.

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