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16 Tech seeks designers for bridge project

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — The 16 Tech Community Corporation is moving forward with plans for a $14.5 million bridge at the 16 Tech Innovation District near downtown Indianapolis. The organization has issued a request for qualifications and proposals from design teams nationwide for a bridge that will span Fall Creek and link the planned $500 million development with neighborhoods, trails and research assets at IUPUI and the Indiana University School of Medicine.

The 16 Tech Innovation District, is a 50-acre development located on the near northwest side of Indianapolis. It is envisioned as a home for life science, technology and advanced manufacturing companies that will attract talent from around the globe to Indianapolis. 

The bridge project has received funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. and  city of Indianapolis.

Construction on a new research and office building as well as the renovation of the former Indianapolis Water Company building into an Innovation Hub are also currently underway at the property. 

“The 16 Tech bridge will be more than a physical structure that allows people to travel from one place to another. It will be a landmark connector of people and ideas, which is at the heart of 16 Tech,” said Bob Coy, president and Chief Executive Officer of 16 Tech. “16 Tech is looking for the best and most thoughtful designers to help create an emblem of innovation, ultimately making this one of the most beautiful places in our city.”

A selection committee has been formed to vet applications, which are due by March 12. The committee includes:

  • Marya Rose (chair), 16 Tech board member and vice president/chief administrative officer, Cummins Inc.
  • Matt Shaw, contributing editor, Architect’s Newspaper
  • Shin-pei Tsay, director of Policy, Cities and Transportation, Uber
  • Sara Zewde, founding principal, Studio Zewde
  • Vop Osili, Indianapolis City-County Council President
  • Dan Parker, director, Indianapolis Department of Public Works
  • Adam Thies, associate vice president, Capital Planning and Facilities, Indiana University

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16 Tech Chief Operating Officer Emily Krueger will appear this week on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick to talk more about the project.


Neighbors stunned by shooting in ‘safe,’ ‘quiet’ Eagles Watch subdivision

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH ) — The Eagles Watch subdivision on the city’s northwest side is home to dozens of families.

“It’s very quiet here,” said Irma Molina, who lives on Eagles Watch Drive.

The winding road is often touted as an oasis of safety, seemingly removed from the city’s crime crisis, according to Jeremy Layly, who lives down the street from Molina.

He walks his dogs through the neighborhood every night without worrying about what he’ll encounter in the dark.

On Thursday night, his walk led him toward flashing police lights and crime scene tape. 

Detectives were collecting evidence from the scene of a shooting in the 5000 block of Eagles Watch Drive, less than a quarter of a mile from Layly’s home.

“I’ve heard gunshots [before] but not in the neighborhood,” he told News 8. “That’s intense.”

Officers arrived around 4 p.m. after neighbors reported hearing gunshots. An unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests had been made Thursday night. No suspect information was available.

The shooting appeared to be targeted and did not pose an immediate threat to public safety, police said.

“[Detectives are] working hard to solve these crimes and to prevent crimes,” said Michael Hewitt, a spokesperson for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD).

Molina, whose home was within the police perimeter, ducked under the yellow tape to speak with News 8.

She and her son still feel safe living on Eagles Creek Drive, she said, but she is wary of rising crime in other parts of the city.

“It is very dangerous lately,” Molina said in Spanish. “Many crimes have happened.”

Anybody with information about the shooting is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.