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Lilly creates public downtown park on edge of its headquarters campus

Lilly Creates Public Downtown Park on Edge of Its Headquarters Campus

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We are so excited to see our neighbors at Eli Lilly growing their campus with this impactful outdoor feature. Lilly is always working to improve our city and we love to have them so close to our community. Adding green space to Downtown Indy is such a positive addition to the community; we can’t wait for its completion!  


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By: John Russell


Russel states, “The newest park in Indianapolis is springing up in a booming area on the south side of downtown, a district quickly filling up with apartments, offices and retail—and a noticeable shortage of public green space. It’s a three-acre parcel on the northern edge of Eli Lilly and Co.’s corporate headquarters and just across South Street from CityWay, a development that includes 650 apartments and tens of thousands of square feet of office and retail space built over the last decade. Lilly, which owns the land, is donating it to the city and is creating a public park, to be called South Street Square. The pharmaceutical company also will maintain the park. Work began last fall, but Lilly said it doesn’t have a timetable for the park’s completion. South Street Square will feature walkways, flowers, shrubbery and more than 200 trees. It will also provide an assortment of conveniences—including benches and USB and power outlets for people who want to stay plugged in outside—and 50 light poles to provide safety after sunset. Workers have already built concrete walkways around and inside the park.”

This park will add much needed community green space to the area near CityWay in Downtown Indianapolis. With the expansion of CityWay 2.0, the residential population in this area will double in the upcoming year.

Russel continues, “It will also add a much-needed oasis to a bustling district that has sprung up in recent years as part of Buckingham Cos.’ CityWay project, a mixed-use development that includes The Alexander boutique hotel, the Irsay Family YMCA, a Franciscan Health urgent care center, restaurants and shops. The development’s 650 apartments make it by far the biggest apartment project downtown.”


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