Old Northside project is approved

The commercial building approved for the corner of College Avenue and 16th Street.

Changes to the original site plan – as well as further study into drainage issues which might be caused by construction of a commercial building at 1572 N. College Ave. – resulted in fairly quick approval of the project at the Dec. 6 hearing of the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission.

Following debate at the Nov. 1 hearing, the parking was reconfigured to allow one less space but more transitional yard.

According to IHPC staff, the Dept. of Public Works has evaluated drainage problems in the north-south alley which runs behind the property to 16th Street, and has added the alley to its “needs inventory for future consideration.” Staff said it considers the drainage issue a DPW problem for which the developers should not be held responsible.

 The project presented by One 10 Studios for property owned by Mainstay Property Group features a two-story building with a rooftop loft, as well as a 14-space parking lot. The owners envision the glass-covered first level to be a restaurant or coffee house, with the upper levels to house office space.

The original plan had required several variances, but the redesigned site plan eliminated the need for those variances.

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