Duke put major stamp on Indianapolis real estate market

The 8888 Keystone building at Keystone at the Crossing. (Photo provided by JLL)

Duke Realty Corp., which on Monday announced it was being acquired by San Francisco-based Prologis Inc. in a deal valued at about $26 billion, has been an overwhelming force on the commercial real estate scene in the Indianapolis area for the past 50 years.

Duke and its predecessor companies were behind or involved in many of the biggest office, retail and industrial projects in the city’s history and left a mammoth stamp on the city’s form and workplace function.

Here’s a brief look at just some of Duke’s local work over the years:

Park 100

Duke launched its business in 1972 with the development of Building One in Park 100 on the northwest side of Indianapolis after buying 324 acres from businessman Howard Sams. With Duke as its dominant developer, Park 100 grew into the largest industrial park in the area, with nearly 20 million square feet of rentable space over 1,500 acres.

Keystone at the Crossing and The Fashion Mall

Duke developed one of the largest Class A office parks in Indianapolis near Interstate 465, 86th Street and Keystone Avenue between 1975 and 1988, with a half-dozen buildings providing more than a million square feet of leasable space. Most of the building were at least nine stories tall, with the landmark 8888 building topping out at 18 stories.

 In 1978, Duke acquired the adjacent 60,000-square-foot Fashion Mall and the Bazaar shopping center and expanded the Fashion Mall to 600,000 square feet before selling it in 1987.

Downtown office buildings

Duke developed the 12-story, 162,000-square-foot One North Capitol Building in 1981 and 1982 and the 28-story, 673,000-square-foot First Indiana Plaza (now BMO Plaza) from 1986 to 1988.

Parkwood Crossing

Developed by Duke from 1989 to 2005, the company sold the eight-building, 1.2 million-square-foot office park at Interstate 465 and North Meridian Street to Philadelphia-based Rubenstein Partners and Strategic Capital Partners of Indianapolis in 2016 for $162.9 million.

Hamilton Crossing

Duke developed the 591,387 square foot office park on 44 acres along U.S. 31 in Carmel between Carmel Drive and Main Street from 1989 to 2004. An affiliate of New York City-based real estate investment firm Group RMC Corp. bought five of the six buildings in the park from Duke in 2017 for an estimated $70 million.

Woodland Corporate Park

Duke began developing the six-building, 600,000-square-foot Woodland Corporate Park in 1997 near West 71st Street and Interstate 465, capping it with a 112,500-square-foot building for Interactive Intelligence Inc. in 2014.

Lebanon Business Park and AllPoints Midwest

Besides Park 100, Duke has been the dominant force behind two other Top 5 industrial parks in central Indiana. It started Lebanon Business Park in 1994 and grew it into the third largest industrial park in the area, with nearly 10 million square feet of space. It has partnered with Browning Investments to make AllPoints Midwest in Plainfield, founded in 2007, the area’s fourth-largest industrial park, with 9.8 million square feet.

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6 thoughts on “Duke put major stamp on Indianapolis real estate market

    1. Micah, the 28-story BMO Plaza is the sixth tallest building in Indianapolis and seventh tallest in Indiana. And 8888 Keystone Crossing is the 27th tallest building in the area.

    2. And yet, neither would be considered skyscrapers by the construction or development industries.

    3. I think covid has forced companies to think different about skyscrapers but they’re still being built in other major cities. I think if you built a truly mixed use building, you could get over 20 stories or higher easy. Retail on the first two, office space on the next 5 and apartments for the employees on the next 13. This is just an example of how I think Indy could build higher.

    4. I don’t understand why there continue to be persistent requests for skyscrapers. There are significant considerations developers review when putting together a proforma for a building. Duke is/was one of the many proficient developers in the central Indiana market who understand what requirements must be met in order to create a vision/plan for a “skyscraper.” If those requirements cannot be met based on the market or demand from a tenant(s), then a taller building probably does not make sense. Add the facts that Indianapolis has neither the population density or land area constraints (I believe it ranks in the top 20 in land area) in relation to other cities with “skyscrapers” and you can start to understand what creates the need for one. Simply suggesting we need more for the sake of adding to our skyline is an old and uneducated argument…

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