New downtown Indianapolis “Legends District-SODO”

Serious plans are in the works to augment the Circle City with a seventh Indianapolis cultural district. The name of the project is Legends District–SODO. It is destined to become the largest and grandest development created by private investors in the history of Indianapolis.

With a price tag of $480 million, the new Legends District–SODO neighborhood is slated to include up to three upscale Indianapolis hotels, several Indianapolis condominiums, a grand theater venue and retail space with a total of some 175,000 square feet. The location for this little dream of a city-within-a-city is immediately south of downtown Indianapolis, where some of the prime real estate in Indianapolis presently resides. That property will become even more valuable when the Legends District is complete.

The new district-to-be will occupy a sprawling eleven acres now used for parking lots and fast food joints. It will cover four square blocks of prime Indianapolis real estate.

The six established cultural districts in Indianapolis

  • Broad Ripple Village, located in the north-central sector of Indy. This is a beautiful, up-and-coming neighborhood destination that includes Broad Ripple Park, the White River, lots of great homes for sale in Indianapolis and  interesting shops with some of the most unique shopping in Indianapolis.
  • White River State Park is the one and only “urban state park” in the nation. Among other Indianapolis tourist sights, the park includes the breathtaking White River Gardens, the Hilbert Conservatory and the famous Indianapolis Canal Walk. This district lies just to the west of downtown Indy.
  • The Fountain Square cultural district was the first district that became a center of business in Indianapolis.  Only a mile and a half from the downtown area, Fountain Square boasts several art galleries, a historic theater, many popular Indianapolis nightlife locales and unusual shops.
  • Indiana Avenue, sometimes simply called “The Avenue,” is home to the IUPUI campus, on the west side of downtown. Many historic buildings in Indianapolis also reside here, including the famous Walker Theatre.
  • Mass Ave is located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis along Massachusetts Avenue. Important attractions in Indianapolis can be found in this district, and Mass Ave is considered by some to be the definitive arts district of Indiana.
  • The Wholesale District is situated on the south side of the downtown Indianapolis sector. Once an important commercial center for the metropolis, it grew up around the hub of the railroad in the late 1800s. Today, after major revitalization by the city, it is one of Hoosier resident’s finest neighborhoods, containing, among other great Indianapolis destinations, the Omni Severin and Crowne Plaza hotels, the Conseco Fieldhouse and the enormous Circle Center Mall.

One can readily see how well the new Legends District–SODO will tie in and supplement the already-existing Indianapolis cultural districts. The Legends District will be built very close to the Wholesale District, but will nonetheless remain a separate cultural district of Indianapolis in its own right. The “SODO” in the new district’s name is a shortened version of “South of Downtown.”

The price tag of $480 million covers the first phase, so stay tuned to Fun City Finder’s news pages for more details as they arrive.


More information on the Legends District-DODO project