Trustee chooses $20.5 million Buckingham plan for old YMCA

The Center Township Advisory Board has picked Buckingham Cos. to redevelop a 2-acre property the township
owns at 860 W. 10th St. near the IUPUI campus.

The locally based developer
plans to tear down the former YMCA branch and replace it with a $20.5-million
mixed-use project featuring retail space, a fitness center and 210 apartment units.

The board
chose from two bids on Tuesday night. The unsuccessful bidder, locally based Van Rooy Properties
and several partners, had proposed a larger project including the redevelopment of the Van Rooy-owned
Campus View Apartments to the east of the YMCA property.

The township had sought a project
compatible with the Indiana Avenue Cultural District and nearby IUPUI and hospital campuses.

Buckingham will pay $225,000
per year to rent the property. The company will have the option to buy it after five years
for an additional $3.3 million, township officials told IBJ.

As part of the agreement, Buckingham
agreed to a goal for 20 percent minority-owned business participation in the construction and 10 percent participation from
contracting firms owned by women. It also agreed to fund $15,000 in college scholarships per year for 20 years for students
at Crispus Attucks High School.

The township trustee’s office bought the 50,500-square-foot
former YMCA building for $1.5 million in 2004. The trustee’s office spent about $175,000 on
renovations and turned over operations to the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, which operated a fee-based
fitness center that closed earlier this year when revenue came up short.

Buckingham has constructed
similar projects near the campuses of Notre Dame and the University of Kentucky, Buckingham executive Andrew Klineman said
in a statement to IBJ.

"Buckingham’s vision for this location will help create a
north gateway into the district that will reflect the unique historical footprint of the area and combine the
modern conveniences required by residents working, shopping and living in the city," he said.

The Buckingham
structure, designed by locally based CSO Architects, is designed to be "refined and hip," according to
bid documents. "The building is classically pedestrian and street-level appealing," the
developer says. "It has a defined base, with street-level detailing, a middle and a cap element along
its roof line. The store front at the plaza is shown pulled out from the main core, providing visual interest
with the scale change, as well as creating the opportunity of a roof-top deck."

To see a rendering and weigh in
on the project, visit Property
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