A big step for Fountain Square?

 

The former Coop's is going to possibly become a "food and fashion park."

The former Coop’s is going to possibly become a “food and fashion park.”

Every once in a while, it’s cool to see something come to Indy that we’ve seen in another city during our travels.

For example, when we were in Austin earlier this year, we noticed how many food and fashion truck parks there were in Texas’ capital. A simple layout with a few trucks, a common seating area and, occasionally, some cute Christmas-ey lights strewn from truck to truck and across the dining space make for a simple and enjoyable night.

We wondered: Why can’t Indy have this? OK, no one will probably want to go there during the wintertime, but it seems like it would be nice to have the rest of the year.

Enter Reverie Estates, owner of several rehabbed historic buildings in town. During a recent meeting with North Square residents, the owner said Fountain Square would be a perfect fit for the “Urban Food and Fashion Park.” For those not in the know, Fountain Square is Indy’s quirky, artsy up-and-coming cultural district.

The next step in the evolution of the Coop's site? Project still needs city OK.

The next step in the evolution of the Coop’s site? Project still needs city OK.

The plan: Rehab an old Virginia Avenue gas station garage into a produce and wine market, install some colorful canopies and invite food and fashion trucks to surround a common green space. There’s even talk of outfitting an Airstream (which are also very popular in Austin) into the common dining area and installing “artistic” parking lines (presumably not for people actually looking to park).

This is the type of project Fountain Square needs and is an exponentially better suited project for the site than what a different developer pitched at a neighborhood meeting last year: a soulless beige apartment building with no architectural features that fit in with the quirky, historic nature of the ‘hood.

What do you think of the proposed project?

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