This post is intended to be an antidote to recent pessimism regarding the quality of our city’s infill projects. Two newer buildings on East Ohio Street deserve recognition for their attractive design.
The Nature Conservancy building was not without controversy, as they decided to tear down the existing building, as opposed to renovating it, or building on an empty lot. I was a bit perturbed by this fact, as well as its single-use nature. Regardless, I believe that the end result is one of the more attractive new buildings in the city.
The Maxwell was completed just in time, as the housing market was tumbling. The building provides apartments and first floor retail opportunities for a community that is in need of both. Many urbanists wish that it was located a bit closer to downtown, in place of other single-use condominiums. While I agree with this, it’s better to have it on East Ohio Street than nowhere.
The Maxwell and Nature Conservancy buildings provide a nice one-two punch of competent design in the Cole-Noble district. They’re both forward-thinking in their own ways: The Maxwell is a mixed-use mid-rise designed for renters; and the Nature Conservancy is aiming for LEED-certification. Indianapolis can get it right.