Planned Development at Michigan and Pershing

Two planned mixed use buildings are talked about in detail on this DMD report from January, to be located at the corner of Michigan and Pershing on the near west side of the city.   Construction is projected to begin in Fall of 2014.

The site plan and renderings are pictured below, and more information is linked (PDF warning) here:

W Michigan elevations and site plan

W Michigan Color Rendering and project description






This project appears to be similar to Clifford Corners on East 10th Street, and is the most significant building project that I have seen in the area between IUPUI and downtown Speedway since I started the blog. It is welcome news.

Comments 7

  • This is (part of) what community development corporations do.

  • Nice to see. I wonder to whom they are marketing these. Seems far away from campus for students. This is significant news. That are has not seen a lot of development.

    • I could see it still being marketed to students. Many of the professional students I knew of (law and med) pretty much lived all over the city, and many of them in Speedway. This development would be at least closer than Speedway and will appear as an option to those who originally wanted on-campus housing but couldn’t get it due to limited availability.

    • This is HUD-funded affordable housing, which means it will be marketed to income-qualified working people with low-to-moderate incomes (usually up to 60% of the area median income).

      The HUD rules on affordable housing eligibility are a bit complicated for students. I think that to qualify, a student must meet both income and “independence” tests.

  • One of the great parts of this project is that the new buildings will wrap round an existing “historical” building, which houses the offices of the Westside Community Development Corporation.

    • Overall, the design appears to fit the site well at first glance. But couldn’t the south facade of the western building be designed better considering that it fronts Michigan Street? It clearly looks more like the butt end of a typical modern apartment building, rather than looking as though it is designed to appreciate that Michigan Street should at least appear to be its front door. It really seems as though developers in Indy are unable or unwilling to design two architectural fronts when they build on a corner lot. Is it that hard or expensive to include a slightly more ornamented entrance and more windows?

  • Let’s see this type of development along College Avenue between 16th Street & Fall Creek.
    Please…and Thank You

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