INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Mass avenue is becoming a hot bed of development near downtown Indianapolis. Tuesday was groundbreaking for the second phase of Millikan.
Located in the 500 Block of Massachusetts Avenue between Michigan and East Streets, the new development will add 64 apartments and 15,000 square feet of retail space.
“Instead of building cinder block and concrete barracks, we are renovating and building real homes using the latest in design and Eco-friendly technology,” says Bud Myers, Executive Director of the Indianapolis Housing Agency.
Built at the John J. Barton apartments, owned by IHA, Millikan on Mass is being celebrated as a new take on low and moderate income housing. The 64 new apartments will be market rate and join the 61 fully occupied low and moderate income units that opened in December.
“Parking situation is terrible, says David Bradley, a 10 year Barton resident. “It’s going to make it worse. I mean there’s no parking on Mass Avenue now. Except for Sunday,” he says.
Mass Ave has undergone a renaissance in recent years. More development is underway, and it promises to add to the growing parking problem.
Mona Striby, a frequent visitor to Mass Avenue says “if there’s a special event it’s almost impossible to find a decent place to park. So if visitors who don’t know where to go or what’s available it’s a little bit difficult for some people.”
“Most of the businesses down here don’t have parking. They use lots and they use that sort of thing, Myers of IHA says.
Myers admits Millikan on Mass may create a short of parking spaces for now. But says, IHA and the area as a whole are working on the problem.
“Right now, people negotiate that and we are going to continue to do the same. But we’re certain that it will work out. It’ll be fine,” he says.
Myers points out, that all public housing residents in the area have a reserved parking space. But says spots for the retail development when it’s up and running will be difficult to find. He says he hopes to work with other new developers to find additional parking in their lots.