Trustee seeks bids for former Fall Creek YMCA branch

October 28, 2009
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The vacant former Fall Creek YMCA along West 10th Street could be torn down and redeveloped. The owner of the prime 2-acre site at 860 W. 10th St. is seeking bids from developers. Center Township bought the building in 2004, a year after the YMCA closed its branch. The 50,500-square-foot building most recently served as a fitness center called Healthplex. The trustee’s office is looking for a developer interested in a long-term lease with an option to buy the property and wants a mixed-use development supporting the Indiana Avenue Cultural District and the IUPUI and hospital campuses. The deal would come with a restriction against freestanding fast-food restaurants. Five potential buyers have picked up packets so far, and bids will be accepted from Nov. 6 to Dec. 4. Market observers say student or senior housing likely would be a component of any development plan. The full story is here. What would you like to see?

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  • Fall Creek YMCA
    I'm sorry the building will be torn down. It is within a historic district of the African American Community. So much of the historic venues have been destroyed. It would be nice to see it be refocused as a site for the African American Museum that has yet to be built in White River State Park.
  • exciting
    But is the building itself historic? I actually don't know, but the design doesn't strike me as something to keep. I'm excited for redevelopment--this is a great place for it, and mixed-use sounds like a great way to highlight its location and contribute to the community. Additionally, with the student housing going in just north on Indiana (across Fall Creek), this redevelopment could be timely.
  • Not Historic
    This structure is definitely not historic. But that doesn't mean it isn't a reuse candidate, particularly the 4 story section. I'd be surprised if some of the proposals don't aim to do just that. I could see a developer building a new structure on the 10th St. frontage, keeping the 4 story building and razing the 1 story section for the inevitable/necessary parking.

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