Public Meetings for Butler Parking Garage and Continued Conversations

Butler University has announced a series of upcoming public meetings to discuss the proposed parking garage as well as create an open forum for conversation with neighbors about additional upcoming projects. The dates, times and locations of meetings are listed below. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to share your comments, concerns and perhaps even kudos.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014: 6:30pm-8:00pm (Schrott Center)
Thursday, July 31, 2014: 7:15am-8:30am (Health Recreation Center- Conference Room)
Tuesday, August 26, 2014: 6:00pm-7:30pm (Health Recreation Center- Conference Room)
Wednesday, August 27, 2014: 7:15am-8:30am (Health Recreation Center- Conference Room)
Tuesday, September 23, 2014: 6:00pm-7:30pm (Health Recreation Center-Conference Room)
Wednesday, September 24, 2014: 7:15am-8:30am (Health Recreation Center- Conference Room)
Wednesday, October 29, 2014: 7:15am-8:30am (Health Recreation Center- Conference Room)
Thursday, October 30, 2014: 6:00pm-7:30pm (Health Recreation Center- Conference Room)

The Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association (BTNA) is also accepting public comment on the parking garage. Please forward comments in writing via mail or email by Monday, August 11, 2014.

The BTNA Board will vote at the BTNA August meeting on August 11 whether to support or oppose the garage. There will be NO public comment at the August 11 meeting as there are other neighborhood items on the agenda to discuss.

To comment via mail:
Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association
PO Box 88234
Indianapolis, IN 46208

To comment via email:

Please use “Butler University Parking Garage Comments” in the subject line of the email.

As always, we appreciate your support and engagement!

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Butler Trustees Approve Major Projects

News from Inside Indiana Business

July 11, 2014

News Release

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.

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BTNA’s July Meeting (7/14) @ 6:30pm at the MLK Community Center

Neighbors,

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:
  • Tuesday, August 5th: National Night Out (NNO) – National Night Out is a unique crime prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). NNO is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals to let them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights, neighborhoods “celebrate” NNO with a variety of events such as block parties, cookouts, ice cream socials, neighborhood parades, pizza parties, flashlight walks and youth activities. We’d love for BTNA to participate this year.
  • Saturday, August 23rd: Annual Neighborhood Garage Sale – We are currently collecting names and addresses of neighbors interested in being involved so we can help direct “shopper traffic” to your homes. If interested please respond to this email or private message us on Facebook.
We hope to see you at the meeting on Monday — as always, all neighbors are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Best, BTNA Board
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24 Hours of Booty Returns to Butler Tarkington on June 27th-28th

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.

24 Hours of Booty Map 2014

Click here for more information!

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Butler Community Meeting June 24th @ 6:30pm

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.

For more information, contact .

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Jazz Sunday at Fairview Presbyterian Church

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