Glendale continues to evolve with outlots for lease, cosmetic changes, new Culver’s

This rendering shows how Ross Dress for Less, Old Navy and other new retailers will be configured in space formerly occupied by Macy's at Glendale Town Center. (Rendering courtesy of Kite Realty Group Trust)

The owner of Glendale Town Center plans to market three new outlots as part of an ongoing renovation to the shopping complex that includes the addition of new tenants to backfill the former Macy’s space.

Indianapolis-based Kite Realty Group Trust plans to lease the parcels—two along 62nd Street and one on Keystone Avenue—with hopes of drawing new retail or restaurant users. The outlot sites are currently used for parking.

The Keystone lot and one of the 62nd Street lots would be adjacent to the Walgreens at the southeast corner of the intersection. The other lot on 62nd Street would be farther east. The Keystone lot is about .51 acres, and the 62nd Street lots are 0.63 acres and 0.39 acres, respectively.

In addition, a Kite official said local Culver’s franchisee Jeff Meyer has secured the former O’Charley’s restaurant at 6111 N. Keystone Ave. to build a new Culver’s there. Kite does not own that parcel. Meyer could not be immediately reached for comment.

In written remarks, Tom McGowan, president and chief operating officer of Kite, said the outlots are among several ongoing Glendale initiatives that show “that great real estate will continue to evolve and provide value to the surrounding community.”

The company told IBJ in mid-2019 it planned to spend about $15 million to redevelop the former Macy’s space by splitting at least 53,000 square feet on the second floor—which technically is street level on the south side of the mall that faces Target—into four stores with separate exterior entrances.

So far, Ross Dress for Less, Old Navy and Five Below have signed on as tenants for three of those spaces, occupying a combined 49,000 square feet. A fourth user has not yet been identified. In all, the Macy’s space spans 237,000 square feet.

The updates include a new facade for the south and west sides of the shopping center.

The local real estate investment trust purchased Glendale in 1999 for an estimated $20 million and spent about $45 million on a major renovation completed in 2000. Further renovations over the following eight years converted the mall into an open-air “lifestyle center.”

Glendale will eventually have to backfill the Glendale branch of the Indianapolis Public Library, too, with the branch moving to a new home. The library occupies about 25,000 square feet in a building that also houses a Staples.

A Kite spokesman said plans are still in the works to determine what will be done with the remainder of the vacant space.

“In addition to the announced retailers, we are in active discussions with a variety of concepts for the remaining availability at Glendale Town Center, said Bryan McCarthy, senior vice president of marketing and communications for Kite. “We look forward to sharing additional announcements in the near future.”

The renovation to the Macy’s space and introduction of new outlot opportunities come as Kite and partner Milhaus continue work on a $40 million apartment project at Glendale. The 267-unit, five-building AYR development straddles Rural Street, one block east of Keystone Avenue, which is also being redesigned to add bicycle lanes. The complex is being constructed on land previously used for parking.

The combined apartment and retail projects fetched about $7.1 million in tax-increment financing from the city of Indianapolis, which will supplement the overall development.

DKGR is the architect on the project.

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11 thoughts on “Glendale continues to evolve with outlots for lease, cosmetic changes, new Culver’s

    1. I’m glad someone is finally going t occupy the former O’Charley’s space. It has sat empty for quite some time.

    2. Culver’s is all good. It’s just disappointing to know the O’Charley’s building will be torn down to make way for a building about half its size with even more asphalt around it. The “town center” will become even more automobile-oriented. It would be helpful if they could incorporate some more walkways into the re-design. I do see a lot of people actually walking through Glendale, but there aren’t a lot of safe and attractive pedestrian spaces where people need and want to walk. The sidewalks that do exist along Keystone are as unpleasant as can possibly be with no buffer between fast-moving traffic on one side and a steep open storm sewer on the other.

    1. Yes. Rumor has it that it will be an outlet for the MyPillow guy. Then the rest of Macy’s area will be 1/2 Don’s Guns and new Trump Casino. #sarcasm

  1. Glendale resident here. Despite the usual complaints about construction and traffic, most of us are pretty excited to see new life breathed into the area. Exciting stuff!

    1. same – but I am worried how Rurals busy traffic and the added pedestrian foot traffic will transpire. People continue to use Rural and as a shortcut and speed where we walk (w/ NO sidewalks on most parts). It will be interesting to see how this pans out.

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