Excerpts from IndyStar.com | Article by Arika Herron |

Butler University, landlocked and bursting at the seams, has finally found some space to grow, the Indy Star reports. The private college tucked away in midtown between the White River and Meridian-Kessler neighborhood plans to buy most of the seminary’s 40-acre campus to accommodate future growth. The agreement also will allow CTS to stay put by leasing back its existing buildings.

“We don’t want anybody to be disrupted,” said Jim Danko, Butler University president. “But we also want to be in a position to expand if we need to.”

Butler University and CTS are both located in Indianapolis’ Midtown and are key institutions belonging to the Midtown Anchor Coalition, a  group that shares a commitment to enhancing the collective assets of Midtown as a premier destination to live, work, visit and learn. The purchase will factor in to some action items identified by the MAC.

Michael McKillip, executive director of Midtown Indy and facilitator of the MAC, states that a plan developed in coordination with Butler, CTS and other midtown “anchor” institutions also calls for increased connectivity.

“What the community would very much like to see around 42nd Street is improved pedestrian access and bicycle access,” McKillip said. Protected bike lanes, more lighting and landscaping upgrades are some of the priorities outlined by the MAC.

Read the article as published at indystar.com.


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