News from Inside Indiana Business
July 11, 2014
Indianapolis, Ind. — The Butler University Board of Trustees has approved the development of two new facilities—a state-of-the-art student-housing facility with approximately 600 modern, suite-style beds and a 1,038-space multi-use parking facility.
Construction of the five-story parking structure, which is anticipated to open in August 2015, will begin this fall. Construction of the student-housing facility is expected to begin in spring 2015 with completion in fall 2016.
The University has selected the existing Irwin Library parking lot along Sunset Avenue as the optimal site for the new student-housing facility, following detailed planning efforts in partnership with American Campus Communities (ACC) and input from a broad set of stakeholders.
“Advancing our educational mission through the development of superior campus amenities is a key component of Butler’s 2020 Vision to be an innovative leader in transformative student-centered learning,” Butler President James M. Danko said.
The new student-housing facility is just one component of a comprehensive effort to modernize and expand Butler’s campus housing facilities. The University and ACC will also be assessing existing residence facilities, including Schwitzer Hall, Ross Hall, and Residential College (ResCo). Completion of these audits will yield recommendations for future renovation or replacement of those facilities.
“Our partnership with ACC will allow us to address our entire campus housing infrastructure, providing an ideal residential experience for the next generation of Butler students,” said Benjamin Hunter, Chief of Staff to President Danko.
The parking facility will be built on an existing parking lot between Clowes Memorial Hall and Lake Road. The multi-use facility will include approximately 15,000-square-feet of commercial and office space on the ground level.
The parking facility will serve the needs of faculty, staff, and commuter students, as well as event parking demand for Hinkle Fieldhouse, Clowes Memorial Hall, and the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts. The retail space is likely to house restaurants and businesses catering to both the campus community and surrounding neighborhoods.
“This new facility will be a great asset for Butler and its neighbors,” Hunter said. “There have been concerns about the availability of parking at Butler, especially during major events. This will go a long way toward mitigating those concerns and will enable future growth.”
The new multi-use parking facility has been in the planning phase for approximately 18 months. In addition to conducting a thorough parking analysis and gaining extensive input from campus stakeholders, the University consulted with the Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association, Midtown Indianapolis, Inc., and the City of Indianapolis.
These exciting initiatives join ongoing efforts to develop and enhance the eastern border of Butler’s campus. The University and City of Indianapolis began work in April on the Sunset Avenue Streetscape initiative, which will improve community safety and way-finding, while beautifying the public gateways to campus. The initial phase of the Streetscape project will primarily involve Sunset Avenue north of Hampton Drive, including a major reconfiguration of the 49th Street curve.
“With the Sunset Avenue Streetscape improvements in full swing, a multi-use parking facility scheduled to open next year, and planning for new student housing underway, we are certainly beginning to see our exciting vision for Butler’s future come to life,” Danko said.
We hope this email finds you enjoying your weekend! Attached you will find the proposed agenda for our upcoming July board meeting. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to respond to this email.
We also have some great upcoming events in our neighborhood that we’d like to highlight:
We hope to see you at the meeting on Monday — as always, all neighbors are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Best, BTNA Board
24 Hours of Booty is back for a third year in Indianapolis! The Booty Loop will be held at Butler University and become home of 24 Hours of Booty. The event will host 400+ riders who will raise more than $200,000 for cancer survivorship and navigation programs.
The Booty Loop in Indianapolis is at Butler University. At the center of it all is Bootyville, our own little city, which also serves as the event headquarters over the 24 hours.
Click here for more information!
Butler University will hold a Community Meeting on Tuesday, June 24th at 6:30 p.m. about two important projects that they are working on: a new parking/mixed use complex and a new housing structure. The meeting will be held at the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts located at 610 W. 46th street. Parking is available directly behind the facility.
Summer Servings Meal Program – 18 and Under Eat at No Cost!
Summer Servings is a fun way for children to receive meals at no cost during the summer!
Between fun summer activities like swimming, kickball, and playing with friends, kids work up a large appetite and Summer Servings is here to help! Summer Servings is a fun and nutritious meal program for children ages 18 and under. During the summer months, children can gather at one of the hundreds of various locations around Marion County during the weekdays and experience a nutritious meal in a supervised atmosphere that is convenient for them.
Summer Servings meal locations are easy to find.
Check with your school to see if they are a serving site, as many schools offer this program throughout the summer. Other servings sites include churches, camps, community centers and Indy Parks locations. Click HERE for a list of serving locations.
Thanks to our dedicated partners for making the launch of Summer Servings so successful: City of Indianapolis, Indy Parks, Indiana Department of Education, American Dairy Association, Clear Channel, Optimedia, IndyGo, Indy Eleven and Publicis.