Indianapolis developer takes residents out to the ballgame

December 21, 2013 by  

Baseball fans who are truly dedicated have an opportunity to do more than watch the game—they can live it. Bush Stadium, once home of Indianapolis Indians, has been converted to 138 loft apartments, with 144 new units planned to open this August.

The baseball complex opened in 1931, played host to the 1987 Pan American Games, and impersonated Comiskey Park, the home of the Chicago White Sox, for the film ‘Eight Men Out’. Once the Indians left it, however, the park went into decline, becoming a speedway and finally a storage lot for vehicles purchased by the federal government in the “cash for clunkers” effort. There were only two choices, to tear down the historic structure or to convert it into housing. The city chose the latter, with rousing success—the project was fully rented before it opened its doors. Its success fueled the decision to add the additional units.

Historic Landmarks’ president Marsh Davis called the redevelopment a “win-win” for both preservationists and developers, since it saves one of the city’s historic treasures and is an outstanding development opportunity as well. While there have been many modifications to the park, many of the original features are still in use. The ticket windows have become pantries and closets, turnstiles indicate the main entrance to the building, and there are 1960s era stadium seats in the lobby. Ground floor units have access directly onto the field, while upper levels have balconies.

The project’s pronounced success is a boon to Core Developers, who might consider working with brochure printers to create a sales brochure to present to other communities, indicating their innovative solution to saving the stadium.