42nd & College

Mixed-use development responds to community needs

In response to the need for quality affordable housing and transit-oriented development, Midtown Indy is partnering with Kids Dance Outreach (KDO) to transform two properties at 42nd Street and College Avenue.

The parcels at 4155 and 4201 N. College Avenue are being rezoned in preparation for redevelopment. The City of Indianapolis and affiliated agencies have determined the sites are no longer needed for their current uses. IFD Station 31 located at 4155 N. College Avenue will remain in place and service the community, but the excess parking will be re-envisioned. Operations at the IMPD Community Engagement Office located at 4201 N. College Avenue will be consolidated as part of IMPD’s plans to construct a new North District Headquarters.

Development plans are preliminary and will take between 2 and 3 years to be realized. A prerequisite for the redevelopment includes rezoning of the properties from SU-1 zoning, which supports government uses, to MU-1, which supports office and multi-family residential uses.

Midtown Indy and partners have engaged dozens of neighbors to discuss the pending changes and are coordinating with the Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association, including Zone 2 and Zone 4 delegates, to share information with neighbors in anticipation of a zoning hearing on July 5. Community conversations are ongoing and Midtown Indy will host a series of meetings to share information both virtually and in person.

Join us to learn more about the rezoning effort on Tuesday, June 13 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Indianapolis Public Library College Avenue Branch, 4180 N. College Avenue.


Learn more at an upcoming Q&A session

Open House at the College Avenue Library

Neighbors are invited to come and go as you please to hear more about the rezoning process, learn the differences between zoning uses, and ask questions. IMPD Deputy Chief Valerie Cunningham will be present to answer questions about the IMPD site and operations.

Indianapolis Public Library College Avenue Branch

Community Room

4180 N. College Avenue

Tuesday, June 13

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

Zoom Q&A Session 1

Neighbors and stakeholders convened via Zoom to take a first look at preliminary site plans and ask questions.


June 7

6 – 6:45 p.m.

Zoom Q&A Session 2

Neighbors joined us for a June 12 Q&A session. We discussed parking, anticipated housing plans, and more.


June 12

6 – 6:45 p.m.

MKNA Land Use Committee Meeting

The Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association Land Use Committee will host a meeting with Midtown Indy to review the proposed re-zoning of parcels at 42nd and College Avenue in Meridian-Kessler. Neighbors are invited to join in person at the Midtown Indy Office, 3965 N. Meridian St. Suite G., or via Zoom.


June 14

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Metropolitan Development Commission Meeting

The Metropolitan Development Commission will hear the case for rezoning the parcels at 4155-4185 and 4201-4208 N. College Ave. at their upcoming meeting. These public meetings provide the public an opportunity to be heard regarding any of the rezoning cases presented to the commission before they make their decision.

City-County Building

Public Assembly Room

200 E. Washington St.

Wednesday, July 5

1 p.m. 

What are your plans for the sites?

Midtown Indy and Kids Dance Outreach plan to work with a developer to construct mixed-use buildings that contain rental housing and commercial space. Kids Dance Outreach will utilize the commercial space as a headquarters for their free, high-quality dance programs that transform the lives of children and their families. All rental housing is intended to be affordable, with residents enjoying convenient access to IndyGo’s Bus Rapid Transit Red Line as well as the College Avenue Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library.


Frequently Asked Questions

MU-1 dimensional standards

MU-1 Within TOD Primary District Dimensional Standards

Lot Standards  
Minimum Street Frontage 50′
Front Setback 0′ – 10′
Side Setback Minimum 5′
Corner Side Setback 0′ – 10′
Rear Setback 0′ min. / 10′ if alley
Building Standards  
Minimum Building Height 25′
Maximum Building Height Unlimited
Minimum Transitional Building Height 25′
Maximum Transitional Building Height 45′

Further Reading

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About Midtown Indy

Midtown Indianapolis, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to cultivate a healthy, equitable, and sustainable community in which stakeholders of all incomes, races, and ethnicities have access to the opportunities, services, and amenities needed to thrive.  Founded in 2008, the organization has worked to ensure accessible and affordable housing for families to the Midtown area through the Midtown Anchor Housing Program, a project that provided employees from 4 anchor institutions with down payment and home repair assistance to encourage living closer to work. Most recently, Midtown Indy partnered with developer Flaherty and Collins to produce Parkside at Tarkington, a 60-unit affordable housing complex for seniors and individuals with intellectual disabilities.

About Kids Dance Outreach

Kids Dance Outreach (KDO) s a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to positively impact the lives of all children through joyful dance programs that inspire excellence, instill confidence, encourage teamwork, and applaud persistence. To date, more than 17,000 children have experienced the transformative power of the arts through KDO’s high-quality dance programs. As an innovative dance and arts education model, KDO provides equity and access to the community – programs are FREE to participating children and their families.

Why affordable housing?

unit gap in affordable housing for extremely low income households in Indianapolis

Data courtesy of SAVI

increase in median monthly single-family rental listings from 2021-2022 for all metropolitan areas in the U.S.

Data courtesy of HouseCanary National Rental Report


of households in Indianapolis are housing cost burdened

Data courtesy of SAVI.

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