$27M mixed-use project planned for Lockerbie

August 15, 2011
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Lockerbie projectA local developer has a new plan for a prime Lockerbie parcel where ambitious development proposals have fizzled in the past, IBJ reported in print and at IBJ.com. The WhitsetLockerbie projectt Group wants to build a mix of 190 affordable and market-rate apartments, 44,000 square feet of retail and office space, and more than 300 mostly underground parking spaces at the northwest corner of College Avenue and Michigan Street. The $27 million project calls for three buildings, ranging from three to five stories, on three-quarters of a city block. The project, which would take at least two years to build, would require approval from the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission. Each of the buildings would have apartments and retail space and would be oriented toward a newly reopened, tree-lined and pedestrian-focused Cincinnati Street. The architect is locally based A3 Design. Click on the renderings for a larger version. Read the full story here. (IBJ.com subscription required.)

  • 3/4 of a City Block?
    Cory, the story states that the project will take 3/4 of the city block. That particular block has a few other existing structures (a couple pretty new ones). Is the project slated to take more than just the vacant parcel of land (approximately 1/3 of the block)?
  • Two-Way Street?
    I am assuming, based on the fit of the buildings on the site that the street showing is College... Perhaps this is just a rendering mistake, but College is one way North here. I notice the Bus seems to be going the wrong direction or does the proposal also suggest changing this to two way traffic here?
  • Responding
    PJ: Looks like you need to subscribe to IBJ.com!

    I estimated about three-fourths of the block based on the project also taking over the unfinished foundations for the Lockerbie Park project, but in retrospect it may be closer to two-thirds of the block.

    On your second question, the bus in the rendering is actually on Michigan. The tree-lined corridor is Cincinnati Street. But you did hit on something: the developer is exploring the possibility of making College two ways from Mass to Market.
  • Looks promising
    That would be a nice addition to the area.
  • Hopeful
    This project as with all looks cool and is very exciting, yet who knows how close to reality it may be? The idea of reopening parts of the old grid and changing College to a 2 way is great! I am sick of 1 way streets downtown.
  • Good infill
    Looks like a great infill project with appropriate density. Will be interesting to see if this project gets scaled down due to traffic and parking concerns. Nothing like a community working against it's own best interest.

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