In late May, East Central Regional Product Council (RPC) spent two days in Indianapolis to tour developments, tackle topics in infill development, and share best practices with experts in their respective fields.
The East Central RPC, launched in 2014, is a network across five District Councils: Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland, OH, Indianapolis, IN and Pittsburgh, PA. The first Regional Product Council selected was Urban Infill/Mixed- Use Development.
The group spent an afternoon in suburban Carmel, Indiana touring new mixed use development, as well as visited projects throughout the Indianapolis urban core that are catalyzing connectivity. RPC ULI Cincinnati member Steve Kenat, of GBBN Architects, remarked how transit hubs have served to attract new development, like a 21c hotel, a new headquarters for Cummins Engine, as well as a variety of mixed use projects.
“Transit rules in Indy, just like it does in a lot of other cities,” said Kenat. Indy has done a great job in building up a walkable and bike friendly downtown. Of course, compared to Cincinnati the flat topography is pretty supportive of biking.”
The creation of the Cultural Trail, an eight mile loop of biking/walking paths around the city, connects to several other spurs and trails as far up as Carmel (the Monon Trail), but more importantly creates connectivity among the various neighborhood centers around and thru downtown. The total project cost for the trail was $63 million, from a combination of private funding as well as Federal transportation funds and a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant. Indianapolis presenters stated that the trail has since generated $800 million in economic impact.
Cincinnati RPC attendees agreed the weekend was a great sharing opportunity with peers in urban development. If you are interested in future Regional Product Council opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://cincinnati.uli.org/regional-product-councils/