$30 Million Deal will bring New Gateway to Near Westwide

The redevelopment efforts between downtown, IUPUI campus and Near West neighborhood includes the bridge located at Michigan Street and White River Parkway.

A collaborative effort creates a new corridor for Near West neighborhoods

In a three-way partnership between Lilly Endowment, the City of Indianapolis and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the Near Westside will be better connected to the university and Downtown. Michigan and New York streets will be transformed into two-way thoroughfares through IUPUI’s campus and across the river into Haughville, Stringtown and Hawthorne. The City will invest $10 million to pay for road construction on and around campus, using funds from the Downtown tax increment financing (TIF) district.

Opening up the Near Westside will make these neighborhoods more appealing to college students and residential developers. IUPUI is also a major stakeholder in the development of this area.  The Near Westside gateway will feature new streetscaping, bike lanes and sidewalks better connecting it to the liveliness of downtown and campus. A welcoming corridor into the neighborhood could spur homeownership in Central Greens and boost business investment along the West Michigan corridor.

To learn more about the neighborhood redevelopment efforts on the Near Westside check out the Near West Quality of Life Plan or contact Program Officer Aaron Laramore.