Tuesday, July 16, 2013

What's Next for the Former Market Square Arena Site: ELVIS??

Elvis Presley
Mayor Greg Ballard announced a new development that's sure to bring thousands of visitors to Indianapolis for the old Market Square Arena site: a 50-story-tall statue of Elvis.

That's right, "The King" is coming to Indianapolis where he performed his last concert at Market Square Arena...in a manner of speaking.

Ballard spokesman Mark Lotter said that the statue will include apartments and retail as well as a full cricket field and underwater tiddlywinks stadium.  "We think when people get a chance to live inside one of Elvis' jumpsuits that they won't be able to pass it up," said Lotter.

Reached for comment, Ballard said he got the idea while on one of his recent trade missions to Las Vegas where he saw an Elvis impersonator,  "I wanted to bring a hunka hunka burning love back to Indy."

Lotter said that after much discussion that the Mayor will suggest an older Elvis be the model for the statue which will be the tallest statue in the world topping out near 500 feet.  That would surpass the Spring Temple Buddha statue in China which stands 420 feet tall.

If you couldn't tell by now, this is totally bogus.  There's no statue of Elvis going there, but you may have thought for a moment that it was true, right?  Anyway, if you want to know what's really going in there, it's a lot more boring.  Just another mixed residential/retail development on part of the site.  Here's Jon Murray's piece from the Indianapolis Star.  Oh yeah, and the development will probably be asking for more of your money...maybe even another TIF!  OH BOY!

I think a 500-foot Elvis statue was a much better idea.


varangianguard said...

Pretty darn funny.

Doug said...

The arena site should be developed into a City-County government campus. Start by building the much-discussed new fire station there; surrounded by green space and maybe some well-landscaped parking. Develop the campus as needs and resources arise. The State government campus (where there is a fire station) is the model.

This will preclude any land acquisition costs for such future needs.