New Artsgarden skywalk will connect with PNC Center

December 23, 2010
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PNC Artsgarden
                              ConnectorThe fourth skywalk connection to the Indianapolis Artsgarden is moving forward more than 15 years after the landmark structure opened. The final of four skywalks will connect the Artsgarden to the 16-story PNC Center and Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. (Click on the rendering for a larger version.) Members of the Metropolitan Development Commission in October approved $600,000 in city funds toward the estimated $1.2 million cost for the enclosed pedestrian walkway, and today a hearing examiner is scheduled to consider the design. Connecting all four corners of the Washington and Illinois streets intersection was the original plan when the Artsgarden opened in 1995. The three existing walkways connect to Circle Centre mall, Claypool Courts and the Conrad Indianapolis. The building’s property manager, Reit Management & Research LLC, hopes to finish the connector by mid-2011.

UPDATE: The new skywalk won final approval. Story is here.

  • Wondering
    Can somebody explain to me why this was not done when the built the Arts Garden?
  • Finally, Ballard Admn. Does a Reasonable Deal
    If I recall correctly, the Hyatt folks wanted the city or artsgargen organization to pay 100% of the cost instead of a 50/50 deal. The city just said no and they moved on until now.

    New Hyatt owners seem to have much more common sense. Glad to see this moving forward for everyones sake.
    • Wish List
      Hope the architects don't make the same mistake they did with the Artsgarden skywalk to the Conrad Hotel.

      They misjudged the hotel floor heights compared to the Artsgarden floor height by several feet requiring the installation several cumbersome stairs and a obtrusive handicap elevator that only moved up/down 4 feet between the two buildings to bridge the gap.

      Also hope the access points between the hotels (Hyatt & Conrad) and the Artsgarden are opened up to be more inviting and allow free flow back & forth between the buildings.

      I believe the Conrad access point from the Artsgarden currently looks like a dead end into a solid faced utility closet door instead of a open glass door system.
    • CC
      I would think access to the Hyatt would be more open because of the additional retail shops in that building. Access to the Conrad is limited since the only folks who really have a need to use it are guests of the hotel.
    • Take another look
      The current access to the Conrad restricts public use of their spa, wine bar, conference rooms, and public space from Circle Center parking garage and enclosed pedestrian walkways to many downtown buildings.

      This is important during the winter months with limited and expensive parking being obstacles to doing business in the Conrad compared to other hotels.

      Seems security has been put ahead of economic and community interests.
    • Conrad's Fault
      To Common Cents:
      The arts garden was built years before the Conrad. For the longest time there were stairs that led to the outside and you could see all the way to the circle before the Emmis building was built. It was the Conrad that did not match up properly to the existing Arts Garden.

    • Let's Do It Right
      Yes, the walkway design error was completely the Conrads fault. I believe the limited access restrictions also originated from Conrad management.
    • Nothing "Reasonable" About Deal
      Common Cents, Why are we paying anything at all? And why are we giving it away to the Arts Council?

      There is nothing "reasonable" about this deal. Just another sweetheart Ballard deal.
    • Thank Goodness!
      They finally completed the remodel of the exterior greenspace in front of the building, time to turn around and tear it up again.

      I swear that if I witnessed development being carried on in an orderly fashion in Center Township I would pass out from shock!
    • Let's Get 'R' Done
      I however applaud the expansion of the Arts Garden. I however agree it should of been completed before now. But needless to say it shall bridge a important needed part of our commerce together. I think in the long run we'll all come out winners on this important bridging of commerce.

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