If, like me, you frequent Fall Creek Parkway, you surely noticed a change at Fall Creek Parkway and 32nd in the last few weeks. First, a bunch of really tall, old, beautiful trees were taken down…presumably clearing the way for bulldozing this former beauty.
Undoubtedly, it’s seen better days, but what a pock mark and hole this will leave in the streetscape of Fall Creek Parkway if it goes.
Don’t you think there’s an opportunity to get creative about reusing challenged properties like this? I do. And while this one may be too far gone to save, others aren’t. Which brings me to the larger issue we’re still battling–the many homes slated for demolition. Please join the conversation about saving some of these old gems on facebook on the Stop the Demolitions, Indianapolis page.
I dread seeing a giant blank space on this corner.
My first thought was that this could be made into a mini police hub–bike patrol, perhaps?
The property is owned by the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, which is located immediately west of the subject property. My guess is that unless the Mapleton-Fall Creek Neighborhood Association or nearby residents object to a change in the zoning classification, you will probably soon see an overflow church parking lot on the northeast corner of 32nd and Fall Creek.
When I was growing up just four blocks from this home (as well as when my parents were growing up in the area a generation earlier), Fall Creek Boulevard (now “Parkway”) was a very desirable address. Past residents included many prominent people in Indianapolis’ history, including automobile inventor Frederick Duesenberg, manufacturing executive Edna Balz Lacy, Judge Harold Kohlmeyer, publisher Julian Wetzel, evangelist Howard Cadle, and Mayoral candidate Walter Pritchard. The official residence of the Governor of Indiana was at Fall Creek and Pennsylvania (just east of The Marott) for at least a quarter of a century.
APID branch, say using bike patrols could be a good use in a “walkable” neighborhood like Mapleton Fall Creek. Also, since Fall Creek Pkwy is an “entrance” to Mapleton Fall Creek, some additional thought needs to go into properties like these rather than a robotic “take down policy” on all properties that aren’t in “perfect” (i.e., new suburban type) conditions…