INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The City of Indianapolis will try, again, to find something to fill some space where Market Square Arena used to be.
It's just a couple of parking lots, right now, across from the City-County Building. But, Marc Lotter, the Communications Director for Mayor Greg Ballard, said "this property is just absolutely critical to the future success of downtown.
On Monday, the city opened six proposals from developers.
But, this time – unlike the other attempts – they're looking at only the site's north lot.
Lotter told 24-Hour News 8 that means "we have a more contained project that we're hoping is going to actually have a better chance of succeeding long term. Then, its success should help the city actually in the long term re-develop the south lot."
Lotter said the proposals range from eight stories tall to 52 stories. He said all offer some combination of retail and other amenities that would appeal to people who already live downtown or who are considering such a move.
He predicted it could be a tough decision. But it will be one that is based on what's best for the city.
Lotter said the selection process and then the negotiations with the winning developer could take months. So, he said we could see a ground-breaking sometime next year.
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