Joe Hogsett goes into the hotel business

A view of the empty Pan Am Plaza.

The city of Indianapolis is planning to build a Hilton-branded hotel at the Pan Am Plaza site. Photo: Axios/James Briggs

Indianapolis appears all but certain to enter the hotel business.

Driving the news: The city is scrambling to keep alive its vision for a Signia by Hilton hotel at the Pan Am Plaza site after developer Kite Realty Group failed to finance the project, which was first announced in 2018.

Development could unearth remains at Indy's first Black cemetery

A blue x on an old map

The blue x marks the site where historians believe a section for Black residents existed at Greenlawn Cemetery. Map courtesy Indiana Historical Society; Graphic: Brendan Lynch/Axios

It's been nearly a century since most of the souls buried at Greenlawn Cemetery — Indianapolis' first public burial ground — were moved to other cemeteries around the city.

Driving the news: Historians and city officials agree there are likely remains still buried at the shuttered cemetery along the White River south of Washington Street that could be unearthed as the city constructs the new Henry Street Bridge and Indy Eleven builds its new stadium.

How Broad Ripple's latest development helps affordable housing

The project includes first-floor retail. Rendering: Courtesy of Versa developers

Developers broke ground Thursday on a new luxury apartment and mixed-use project in Broad Ripple that city officials are celebrating as a win for public safety and affordable housing.

Driving the news: The $70 million Versa project, on the site of the old Kroger on Guilford Avenue, is expected to be completed next year.

Indy's Cultural Trail to cross White River

Map: Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc.

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail is expanding, crossing the White River for the first time and connecting downtown to the near westside neighborhood The Valley.

Why it matters: The Cultural Trail has proven to be an economic driver, bringing new investments and visitors to the neighborhoods it runs through.


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