market east future strategies
URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES
Transportation Engineer: American Structurepoint
Parking Consultant: Walker Parking
Anderson + Bohlander was solicited by the City of Indianapolis and Downtown Indianapolis, Inc. to study land use capacity and provide urban design strategies for the rapidly expanding Market East District. At the time, Market East had been recently added to the array of Cultural Districts for the city, with a focus on contemporary design and architecture, the arts, and programmed public space. Many significant new projects had been designed and built, including the new Downtown Transit Center, Cummins Distribution Headquarters (designed by Deborah Burke), 360 Market Tower, and redeveloped for the City County Building Plaza.
Anderson + Bohlander led the urban design process, providing a series of suggested building massing concepts for surface parking lots, under-developed land, and aging sites. This massing included phases of near-term, mid-term, and long-term build-out assumptions. Our team also included input from Walker Parking Associates for parking demand modeling and American Structurepoint for traffic impacts. Our report used this input to provide guidance for street designs to accommodate growth, while incorporated generous pedestrian space, street trees, and bike lanes. The plan reflects the Client’s desire to capitalize on development momentum by incorporating leading design and planning thinking.