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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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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