Walsingham parking hurdle cleared?

June 25, 2007
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For about two years, a lack of parking has delayed a condo conversion at the historic Walsingham Apartments Walsingham(pictured here, courtesy of Indiana Historical Society) at Delaware and 16th streets. But now, an agreement in the works could allow the completion of the $1.1 million project. The building owner, Carlos Figueroa, is working with the Herron-Morton Place Foundation on a deal to tear down part of the neighboring foundry building, which the Foundation owns, and use it for parking. The Walsingham owner would then help pay for renovations of the remainder of the foundry building. The deal still must win approval from the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission. Figueroa said seven of the nine condo units already have been reserved.
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  • A double shot in the arm for 16th Street! Getting that whole block face fixed up and re-occupied would be major progress.
  • So, this deal is going to put another parking lot on 16th St? Great.... I'm glad the foundry is going to be cleaned up, but I wish the whole building could have been saved for retail (or at least that land being used for something other than a parking lot). My understanding is that the foundry is in very bad shape and that there are chemical cleanup issues there, so maybe this is the only way to get it done.
  • When the Herron-Morton project was awarded by the City to Mansur, there was a side agreement, I believe, whereby the H-M foundation would get the foundry to rehab into neighbohood retail.

    A parking lot does not appear to fit in with that agreement/award. Will the City and/or the neighborhood that lobbied for neighborhood retail object to an condo parking lot along 16th street?
  • Here in the real world, condos/apartments and neighborhood retail both require parking. Without a small parking lot, no one finances the developments or buys the condos...and the buildings are left to stand and rot as they have for years already.

    If the buildings both fell in on themselves, how would it be better for the neighborhood (and how would historic preservation be enhanced)? Parking is a necessary evil in the city, and there are ways to make it fit in context.
  • Why don't they just waive the parking requirement. The surrounding streets could easily absorb the extra cars. It is terrible that all structures are required to meet suburban zoning ordinances. This is not how a city becomes more dense and urban.
  • I agree with Paul. Bloomington does it just right in their neighborhoods. They build the garage up, and the space under the ramp on teh front is converted to retail and small shops or long shaped restaraunts. This would be a good location, especially if the Tower Condo project at the Grain Dealers building provided more people.

    Please don't leave it a lot, I'm sure the foundry is big enough for a three-4 story garage.
  • As a resident of the 1600 block of Delaware Street, I'd have to say that ANYTHING to get the Walsingham back to it's original glory is cool with me. It's been an eyesore for way too long. As for parking around the area, street parking is NOT an option. 16th street does not have daytime parking and the first couple hundred feet of Delaware on the East side of the street is a bus stop. The only other alternative would be Alabama Street, and it's having new properties developed constantly. I have felt fortunate to have a garage on many occasions. Not only that, I'd hate to come out to my car one morning and find that one of those maniacs that come around the jog too fast has totalled my car.
    So, go ahead... save a paradise and put up a parking lot.
  • UPDATE: The foundry building (the part involved with the Walsingham parking proposal) partially collapsed this morning.
  • Yeah, I was out last night and came home to notice that. Anyone know what caused the collapse? I had noticed the siding bowing-out.
  • There was a demolition crew finishing up this morning.
  • [...] School foundry building along 16th Street. It collapsed yesterday, possibly clearing the way for a deal that would provide parking for a renovated Walsingham Apartments building. The guys from Jordan [...]
  • Now I suppose there will be a neighborhood fight about putting a building back up vs. building a nicely-designed and screened urban parking lot.

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