September 17 2013

Abandoned Minor League Stadium Revamped to Serve as Apartments

Bush Stadium resides in the northwest corner of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. The stadium was home to Minor League and Negro League baseball teams from 1931 to 1996, when the Indianapolis Indians’ new stadium opened in the southwest corner of downtown. Since then, it has seen numerous uses: a mini racetrack for midget racecars, a junkyard for cash for clunkers cars, and now…apartments?

Bush Stadium, Indianapolis

That’s right! The old minor league field has been converted into stylish and affordable market-rate apartments for residents of Indianapolis. The project was proposed in 2011 and completed in August 2013. The structure of the stadium was preserved and divided into three floors of studio, one bed and two bed units. The field itself retains the look of a baseball diamond with a wide-open grassy area, with concrete replacing what once was dirt.

The apartments were designed by Core Redevelopment and Heartland Design, companies that specialize in historic preservation and architecture, respectively. The best part about a revitalization project similar to this is that the city does not have to sacrifice any of their historic landmarks or architecture in order to create new memories in the city. Since opening in June of this year, the apartments have already been completely filled and residents are now enjoying their new homes.

A second phase of the Bush Stadium redevelopment project includes adding a mirror structure directly across the field. In a few years, Bush Stadium will include units from existing ‘Stadium Lofts’ and proposed phase two ‘Stadium Flats.’ This will create a small, community-like atmosphere amongst the two complexes and the up-and-coming surrounding area along the White River.

Bush Stadium Lofts lies in the 16 Tech Neighborhood, a technology district within walking distance from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and downtown’s most celebrated hospitals. Combining life sciences and technology, 16 Park aims to create a place for business and collaboration amongst Indianapolis’ brightest professionals.

Bush Stadium Lofts, Indianapolis

Between the high tech neighborhood and the new, modern design of this old historic structure, living at the new Bush Stadium Lofts is definitely a unique and cool way to live in downtown Indianapolis.

Are there any unique housing developments in your city? How does historic preservation play a role in your hometown?

Credits: Images by Laura Granieri. Data linked to sources.

Laura Granieri

Laura Granieri graduated from Ball State University in the spring of 2012 with a Bachelor in Urban & Regional Planning. Upon graduating, she moved to Indianapolis and accepted a position as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She currently works as Program Coordinator at Midtown Indianapolis, Inc. Laura is passionate about urban planning and the relationship between people and the cities in which they live. In her free time, she enjoys attending events around downtown Indy. For The Grid, Laura will be writing about the exciting changes happening in Indianapolis as the city focuses on redevelopment projects, a new transportation system, and a downtown comprehensive plan.

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2 Responses to “Abandoned Minor League Stadium Revamped to Serve as Apartments”

  1. Esteban Says:

    Great article and hope the brightest do gather and have to say it is pretty cool to live in an old baseball stadium.

  2. You_Might_Know Says:

    Glad they put in a tiny french balcony. Those apartments must be huge.

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