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. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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