Butler University has released plans for a proposed new student housing building to be located on the current Irwin Library surface parking lot (see photos below). Butler University has announced upcoming public meetings to discuss the proposed new student housing building. The dates are:
For more information, please visit www.butler.edu.
The Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association (BTNA) is accepting public comment on the proposed new student housing building. Please forward comments in writing via mail or email by Friday, September 5, 2014 at 5:00pm.
Butler University previously presented on the proposed student housing building at the BTNA August monthly meeting on August 11. At the BTNA September, the BTNA Board will vote at the BTNA September monthly meeting on September 8 whether to support or oppose the garage. There will be NO public comments taken at the September 8 meeting as there are other neighborhood items on the agenda to discuss.
To comment via mail:
Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association
BTNA wanted to share an update on a potential grant that could benefit the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood. The City of Indianapolis, working through LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation), is identifying two neighborhoods for a financial investment and infusion of professional services and expertise. The grant initiative is called Great Places 2020.
Great Places 2020, according to the Request for Letters of Intent issued last month, “is a visionary community development project to transform strategic places in Marion County neighborhoods into dynamic centers of culture, commerce and community, preparing Indianapolis for unprecedented success as its reaches its Bicentennial. Philanthropic, civic and private partners will engage with neighborhoods to make significant social and capital investments to enhance quality of life and spur private investment.”
A group of midtown organizations came together recently and selected 38th & Illinois as a “Great Place” — and Great Places 2020 has chosen us as a finalist!
Potential grant funds and assistance would be utilized on both the north side and south side of 38th St. The target area is 1⁄4 mile in each direction around the 38th & Illinois intersection. Midtown Indianapolis, Inc. became the lead group and many local neighborhood groups, CDCs and anchor institutions have signed on to support.
Our second-round presentation will be held next Wednesday, August 27th between 10 and 11 a.m. at the area surrounding Tarkington Park. The selection committee consists of 37 community leaders. They will arrive at our site (38th and Illinois) and we will have exactly 15 minutes to present.
This is where you, our neighbors come in…we have signs for people to hold that will list the names of the surrounding neighborhoods, institutions, businesses, and organizations that support our endeavors. This is such a wonderful opportunity for us to show the selection committee our unified vision for an important central node in Midtown!
We are looking for community volunteers to join us in supporting this once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of the change that is starting to occur at 38th and Illinois. We’d ask you as neighbors to please consider taking an hour out of your morning next Wednesday the 27th to support this effort in our neighborhood! If you are interested, please meet us at Tarkington Park at 10 a.m.
In the meantime, we encourage everyone to tweet/facebook/social media of choice the hashtag #LOVEat38th to share memories or visions for the future of the node. L.O.V.E. is an acronym that represents the four main points of our presentation: Livability, Opportunity, Vitality, and Education.
Our next BTNA meeting will be held on Monday, August 11th @ 6:30pm at the MLK Community Center (40th & Illinois). We hope to see you there!
Butler-Tarkington’s all neighborhood garage sale will be held Saturday (August 23rd) at 9:00am.
There is no cost to participate simply set your sale items up in your yard and enjoy the day! Some confirmed locations are listed below.
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)
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 Sunday, August 10, 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:
Please use “Butler University Parking Garage Comments” in the subject line of the email.
As always, we appreciate your support and engagement!
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.