City Way is perhaps the largest project under construction in the downtown area.Â I find the design of the project to be refreshing, and perhaps the way of the future for the city.Â Instead of pinning our hopes on a splashy new high-rise, City Way is instead a collection of solid mid-rise buildings.Â I believe this leads to greater interaction with the street in a way that the city’s new taller buildings seem to struggle with.
CityWay as seen from the sidewalk next to Conseco Fieldhouse:
A closer look at the residences:
The centerpiece of the project is the Alexander Hotel:
The leasing office sits where the YMCA will be located:
The Alexander from the corner of Delaware and South:
The northeast corner of Alabama and South also has a rendering of a future office building that was posted on the Property Lines blog.
This project is a good example of taking an underutilized surface parking lot and turning it into an asset for the city. Â It’s a solid design that is unique in the city, and it complements the downtown setting with mixed-use structures and a new YMCA facility.
Another interesting part of this project is the conversion of Delaware Street from a one-way to a two-way thoroughfare, as seen in these 2 DPW PDF files (here, and here).Â The maps of the streetscape improvements are shown below:
The 2 way conversion on Delaware could help to mitigate the speed of traffic near the project. Â Also, this location would have otherwise proved difficult to visit from downtown. Â It’s good to see such an interest in a formerly dead part of town, and I think that Lucas Oil Stadium’s location might have renewed interest in South Street’s many empty lots.