Category «New Development»

Helping with the Marion County Land Use Plan

Marion County Land Use Plan Pattern Book front cover

In the summer of 2018 I found myself sitting in a room with a small number of other people, making decisions about how land in Marion County should be used. I’m a computer person by trade with no background in land use planning. How did I end up here?   The Impetus The Long-Range Planning …

One Up, One Down…

There was a recent petition to demolish the old gymnasium building at 625 S Meridian to be replaced with…a surface parking lot, which was modified to be a “plaza”. This building is within the Regional Center, but not within an IHPC district, so it will likely be approved.     Somewhat ironically, a new petition …

Nickel Plate Trail Possible for Future

Yesterday, the Indy Star dropped one of the more enticing nuggets that I’ve seen in a while. A 50 mile long connected loop of a trail between the Monon, Midland Trace Trail, and Nickel Plate would at the very least help to provide an alternative to the traffic-clogged northeast corridor. I’d encourage this trail development, …

Sears at Castleton Closes: How to Rethink the Space Amidst the Retail Apocalypse

We knew it was going to happen eventually.   Sears Holdings Company recently announced the latest wave of closures for its two flagship department stores—Sears and Kmart—and they did not spare metro Indy from the chopping block. This time around, the Sears is closing at Castleton Square Mall, the largest and, in most regards, the …

Another Parking Lot Gone?

It appears the trend of developing our lowest and worst uses will continue with a new proposal for the storied parking lot at the northeast corner of Pennsylvania and Vermont. Perhaps inspired by TWG’s development on the old Indy Star site, this proposal calls for a 7-story, mixed-use building with 165 dwelling units, 157-space parking …