Martindale on the Monon is now gearing up for its next phase of residential development. Martindale on the Monon will partner with the King Park Area Development Corporation to focus both market-rate and affordable residential development on Cornell and Carrollton Avenues during 2009-2010 construction seasons.
National Design District
What is now 46 acres of underutilized industrial-brownfield properties will be transformed into an urban village known as the National Design District. The National Design District will be a unique live/work district featuring a focus on design-related businesses.
Located in the heart of the National Design District is the National Design Factory. This massive five-building complex once served as the headquarters to the National Motor Vehicle Company. After the car company went out of business the factory sat vacant. One century after the first building was constructed, the factory is now preparing for a rebirth.
National Design Factory
Over the next three years the National Design Factory will be redeveloped into retail, office, and light industrial space with a concentration on creative and design-related businesses. Development at the factory officially began last year. The Project School, a new charter school serving Martindale on the Monon and other surrounding neighborhoods, opened in the National Design Factory in August of 2008 and is now preparing for an expansion.
Across the street from the National Design Factory will be the National Apartments. Set to begin construction in late 2010, the National Apartments will feature 62 mixed-income apartments. This development will serve as the first of many residential developments in the National Design District.
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Local and National Attention
In the fall of 2008 the National Design District was chosen as the City of Indianapolis’ first Smart Growth Redevelopment District. The American Institute for Architects chose the area for its Sustainable Design Assistance Team Program, a national program that will bring design professionals from across the country to the area to assist with our planning and design initiatives.