By now, pretty much everyone familiar with development in Indianapolis has seen the 2 eye-catching renderings of the proposed Cummins Executive Headquarters. If not, here they are:
This could raise the bar for architecture in Indianapolis. But is it good development? The city basically gave away prime real estate for new offices and a parking garage. There are plenty of office vacancies and lightly-used parking garages around downtown. But the amount of undeveloped downtown super blocks is finite. This makes the project is a bit more of a mixed bag overall.
I’m happy that they have left the southwest portion of the lot open for future development. Hopefully someday in the near future, a tall mixed-use residential structure will be proposed there and shares Cummins’ new parking garage. At that point, the development will become more of a win for development in downtown Indianapolis.