Bush Stadium resides in the northwest corner of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. The stadium was home to Minor League and Negro League baseball teams from 1931 to 1996, when the Indianapolis Indians’ new stadium opened in the southwest corner of downtown. Since then, it has seen numerous uses: a mini racetrack for midget racecars, a junkyard for cash for clunkers cars, and now…apartments?
That’s right! The old minor league field has been converted into stylish and affordable market-rate apartments for residents of Indianapolis. The project was proposed in 2011 and completed in August 2013. The structure of the stadium was preserved and divided into three floors of studio, one bed and two bed units. The field itself retains the look of a baseball diamond with a wide-open grassy area, with concrete replacing what once was dirt.
The apartments were designed by Core Redevelopment and Heartland Design, companies that specialize in historic preservation and architecture, respectively. The best part about a revitalization project similar to this is that the city does not have to sacrifice any of their historic landmarks or architecture in order to create new memories in the city. Since opening in June of this year, the apartments have already been completely filled and residents are now enjoying their new homes.
A second phase of the Bush Stadium redevelopment project includes adding a mirror structure directly across the field. In a few years, Bush Stadium will include units from existing ‘Stadium Lofts’ and proposed phase two ‘Stadium Flats.’ This will create a small, community-like atmosphere amongst the two complexes and the up-and-coming surrounding area along the White River.
Bush Stadium Lofts lies in the 16 Tech Neighborhood, a technology district within walking distance from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and downtown’s most celebrated hospitals. Combining life sciences and technology, 16 Park aims to create a place for business and collaboration amongst Indianapolis’ brightest professionals.
Between the high tech neighborhood and the new, modern design of this old historic structure, living at the new Bush Stadium Lofts is definitely a unique and cool way to live in downtown Indianapolis.
Are there any unique housing developments in your city? How does historic preservation play a role in your hometown?
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