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April 20, 2007
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Never fear, White Castle fans. The downtown location at 16th and Illinois streets, which is closed and surrounded by a fence, apparently will soon serve sliders again in a shiny new White Castle building with nicer landscaping. Changes are coming across the street, too. A one-acre lot where Rally's had hoped to open a drive-through has been sold to a developer planning a medical office project. No word on whether the projects will require special plumbing.
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  • Aren't they trying to redevelop 16th St. with more urban retail character? Drive-through fast-food joints are not urban. At the very least can we get them to move White Castle closer to the street front?

    Good news that Rally's has been bumped for a med office. Hopefully they are forward-looking developers that recognize the efforts to improve the 16th St. corridor. Maybe we'll even be lucky enough for them to include some street-front retail.
  • A new White Castle...how convenient for Indy's burgeoning market for specialized medical services and the adjacent Methodist Hospital complex. A new gastrointestinal treatment facility can't be far behind.
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