In Indianapolis, the minor league baseball team known as the Indians hasn’t played at the old Bush Stadium, on the city’s near-west side, since a new stadium opened downtown in 1996. The old 1931 art deco ballpark has been left to languish.
The design preserves the stadium’s quirky features and iconic elements, including its old scoreboard, press box, and lighting towers. Ticket booths and offices are being converted into common areas. The baseball diamond, remade in earth-tone concrete and grass, remains as a green space for residents. Indianapolis nonprofit People for Urban Progress is also working to reuse many of the stadium’s 13,000 seats as street furniture around the city.
Stadium Lofts sits at the edge of the 170-acre 16 Tech district, a formerly industrial area now housing many of Indianapolis’ technology and life sciences companies. Develop Indy, the city’s economic development organization overseeing the district, is working to make the area into a sustainably-minded corridor within walking distance of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus, with new parks and an updated streetscape along Indiana Avenue.
Future phases call for another 132 apartments and 118,000 square feet of commercial space to be built in the stadium’s old parking lot, beginning later this year. Stadium Lofts will open to residents this August.